Sometimes, the most aggravating thing about dealing with the IRS is dealing with the revenue officer who has been assigned to your case. Like police officers, revenue officers come in all sizes, shapes, and levels of strictness—and the outcome of your tax battle may well depend on how well (or how badly) you get along with your assigned officer. That’s why you need the guidance of an experienced tax attorney who knows how to talk with IRS agents and secure the best possible outcome to your case.
The Right Revenue Officer Can Make or Break Your Tax Settlement
If you owe the IRS a small amount of money, you’ll probably be able to settle your tax issues exclusively by mail, with nameless government functionaries. If, however, you owe a significant amount of back taxes or your case is of special interest, the IRS may see fit to assign you a revenue officer. For all practical purposes, this revenue officer not only represents, but actually is, the federal government, and he or she has the ability to:
- Garnish your wages
- Put a lien on your home
- Freeze your bank accounts
- Seize your personal property
However, an IRS revenue agent is not expected to act in a strictly punitive fashion (unless the government feels this is called for, given the circumstances of your case). This officer is also your point of contact for negotiating with the IRS, and can, for instance, decide whether or not you are entitled to an “offer in compromise” that can significantly reduce your tax bill. That’s why it’s important to treat your revenue officer respectfully; he literally holds your financial future in his hands!
If You’re Dealing with a Revenue Officer, You Need to Hire an Experienced Tax Attorney
Even if you consider yourself a legal expert, it’s not a good idea to go toe-to-toe with an IRS revenue officer, since the resources at your disposal are vastly different—he has the government behind him, and you have only your sense of right and wrong. If you are involved in a tax dispute with the IRS that has resulted in your being assigned a revenue officer, contact the tax lawyers at Travis W. Watkins PC for a free consultation today!