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IRS Agent Came To My House: What Next?

An IRS Field Officer or Revenue Officer may get assigned to collect outstanding back tax liability payments taxpayers fail to file and/or pay their taxes. A Revenue Officer Assignment means a local employee from the IRS has the responsibility to collect the money owed by the taxpayer. When the IRS collections department has exhausted all possible collection methods, the case gets forwarded to a field office to be assigned to a Revenue Officer for collections. Most of the time, this occurs with business tax liability, high tax bills, or taxpayers who have been seriously delinquent and have gone multiple years without filing and/or paying.

A Revenue Officer assignment also occurs to collect past due payroll tax liability. In most cases, the payroll tax liabilities are unpaid when a business or corporation closes or goes through severe financial hardship. If this is the situation, the Revenue Officer is assigned to determine and track down the responsible corporate officer(s) to collect the payroll tax liability.

How Much Taxes Would I need to Owe for a Field Officer Visit?

Individuals with tax liability equaling or totaling more than $250,000 are contacted by tax officials assigned to their case. In some cases, individuals who owe as little as $25,000 may also find themselves contacted by an officer assigned to their case. The case will be assigned to a local Field Officer to collect if the IRS feels it is worth the expenditure of a Revenue Officer assignment to collect the back-tax liability.

Do I Need Solely Need to Owe Money for a Revenue Officer Visit?

Those who repeatedly fail to file tax returns may also find a Revenue officer assigned to their case. The Revenue Officer will then attempt to contact the taxpayer to file all required missing returns. During this time the Revenue Officer will attempt to collect the IRS tax assessed balance if the IRS has filed substitute tax returns on behalf of the taxpayer.

The IRS may assign a Revenue Officer to a case when all alternative and possible collection channels have failed. Generally, what happens is the IRS uses all means of collecting the liability, including a lien, garnishment, or tax levy. The Revenue Officer will do a thorough investigation to find out why the bill has not been paid and will determine if the taxpayer can afford to pay the liability or not.

How Does a Revenue Officer Contact Taxpayers?

The Revenue Officer can contact the taxpayer by any means possible. Including mail and phone calls to the home and business phones. The Revenue Officer will also make personal visits to the place of the taxpayer’s business or home. 

What Information Do Taxpayers Have to Provide to Revenue Officers? 

Taxpayers are required to complete financial forms and provide proof of income, expenses, a list of assets, bank statements, and other required financial documents. This is because the Revenue Officer will conduct a thorough investigation looking into further details regarding the tax liability and the taxpayer’s ability to pay the outstanding tax liability.

What Happens After an Audit from a Revenue Officer?

Individuals who have been notified that a Revenue Officer is now handling their tax case may want to seek the assistance of a tax attorney. The attorney can help communicate with the IRS and assist in getting the tax liability settled. In some cases, it may be possible to qualify for an offer in compromise. This means, if qualified, it may be possible to settle the liability for less than the amount owed. The tax attorney can help with this process or determine if another tax relief program is best for an individual’s situation.