I keep receiving “official notices” from the IRS which I've been throwing in the garbage. If they can't prove I actually receive their letters, why should I read them?

Well, that's an interesting approach to your tax problem, but (as you probably know deep down in your heart) it's doing you more harm than good.

The fact is the government has a reasonable expectation that any mail it sends to your current address will be received and opened by you. It is possible for one official communication to get lost at the post office, but good luck explaining to a judge (or an IRS revenue officer) that it happened five times in a row. (If you keep ignoring your regular mail, you may receive a registered letter from the government, but there's no law saying you must sign for it!)

But this is all beside the point. The fact is the clock on your tax problem starts ticking the moment you receive that first dunning notice from the IRS, and the government doesn't much care if you choose to ignore that piece of mail. It's not as if the IRS has to “reset the clock” from the moment you officially, genuinely, incontrovertibly learn you owe it money. The countdown process will proceed with or without your knowledge or participation.

If you don't answer the first letter within 30 days, then you'll receive a second letter. If you don't answer that one in time, then you'll find yourself with a lien on your house or a frozen bank account, and you'll be in a deeper hole than if you had opened the initial letter in the first place!

There's one guaranteed wrong way to address your tax problem, and that's by simply ignoring it. Are you an Oklahoma citizen who has been throwing out official notices from the IRS? Call the Oklahoma tax experts at Travis W. Watkins, PC (800-721-7054) to learn what we can do for you!