When a taxpayer owes a substantial sum to the IRS, the organization may send a Revenue Officer to the taxpayer’s home or place of business. This is a frightening and stressful occurrence for many individuals. Ignoring the IRS’s attempt at contacting you, however, will not make the problem go away. Instead, it may make your problems worse. It is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney for guidance if you find yourself in this position.
5 Things the IRS Can Do If You Ignore an IRS Revenue Officer
Ignoring an IRS Revenue Officer’s attempt to contact you is never a good idea. The IRS has many tools in its arsenal to attempt to force taxpayers to cooperate when it comes to unpaid tax debt. The following are five examples of what could happen if you ignore an IRS Revenue Officer:
- The IRS can seize your house, car, land, or business for sale at a public auction.
- The IRS can serve a levy on a third party such as a bank, an employer, or anyone that you owe money to.
- If the IRS has reason to believe you might try to leave town without paying your debt, they can seize assets immediately.
- The IRS can take these actions without a court order.
- The IRS can file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien at your local courthouse in order to freeze your title to property and put the IRS at the head of the line of creditors.
Fortunately, cooperating with the IRS Revenue Officer with the guidance of an experienced attorney can help you resolve your tax problem and move on with your life. To learn more, we encourage you to check out our free guide, The Ultimate Guide for IRS Problems.