Why is an IRS Revenue Officer being assigned to my case?

Receiving notice that an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Revenue Officer has been assigned to your case is an intimidating experience—with good reason. Revenue Officers are highly skilled, often with professional backgrounds and significant schooling. These Officers are tasked with the responsibility of collecting debt owed to the IRS. Fortunately, behaving cooperatively when dealing with the Revenue Officer assigned to your case can help you reach a satisfactory resolution.

Four Reasons the IRS May Assign a Revenue Officer to Your Case

Revenue Officers are not automatically assigned to every case where the IRS believes a taxpayer owes money. Typically, four common situations result in the involvement of a Revenue Officer, including:

  1. You have a history of not filing your taxes.
  2. The IRS has attempted to collect the unpaid taxes through other channels, such as notices, levies, liens, or telephone calls.
  3. You owe a large amount of money to the IRS.
  4. You have not paid a specific category of taxes, such as payroll taxes.


Regardless of the reasons behind the assignment of a Revenue Officer to your case, having an experienced attorney in your corner can help to improve the outcome. The Revenue Officer is a highly trained individual whose job is to obtain money from you on behalf of the IRS. Most taxpayers have little experience negotiating these types of matters. For this reason, having your own advocate is important.

To learn more about dealing with issues with the IRS, we encourage you to view our free guide, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.

Travis Watkins
Senior Tax Attorney