If you owe a substantial amount of back taxes to the IRS, you may find yourself contacted by mail, or even visited in person, by an IRS revenue officer. As intimidating as revenue officers can be, though, they're technically not cops: these representatives of the federal government don't carry guns, and they're not entitled to search your house (or your office) without your consent. It's important to know your rights when dealing with an IRS revenue officer, so you don't reveal incriminating evidence without first contacting an experienced tax lawyer in Norman or Oklahoma City.
An IRS Revenue Officer Can Be Extremely Aggressive, But He Can't Violate Your Constitutional Rights
The primary function of an IRS revenue officer is to recover the back taxes you owe; from his perspective, all other considerations are strictly secondary. The most successful revenue officers are extremely aggressive, and are not averse to:
Visiting your company when you're not there, and interviewing your managers and fellow employees about the state of your finances.
- Casually leafing through the papers on your desk when he comes in for a face-to-face interview.
- Contacting your bank to requisition information about your savings accounts, or the current status of your mortgage.
- Interviewing family members—including ex-spouses, parents, and adult children—about your finances, and any money you may have given them to evade your tax bill.
Sooner rather than later, someone will tip you off that an IRS revenue officer has been inquiring about your finances. At this point, it's important to contact the officer directly and tell him that you would like to hire a lawyer; this will pretty much hamstring his investigation until your attorney gets in touch with him and begins negotiations (say, by offering a plan by which you can pay your back taxes in installments, or challenging the IRS's claim to back taxes in the first place).
An Aggressive IRS Revenue Officer Deserves an Aggressive Oklahoma Tax Attorney
IRS revenue officers come in all shapes and sizes; some are more aggressive than others, and some step over the ill-drawn line that separates individual initiative from unconstitutional encroachment on your rights. No matter what type of revenue officer has been assigned to your case, you need to hire an experienced Oklahoma City tax lawyer who can meet this threat head-on and secure the best possible outcome to your case. Call the law firm of Travis W. Watkins, PC at 800-721-7054 for a free consultation today!