IRS scams abound, so it’s no wonder you think twice when a civil employee demands payment. Not all IRS employees should frighten you, however. It helps to understand the differences between IRS employees—and the unique role IRS revenue officers play in collection.
A Day in the Life
Revenue officers take on a variety of roles, all in hopes of getting delinquent taxpayers to pay up. Some send Federal Tax Deposit (FTD) Alerts to employers. This proactive measure intends to address employer noncompliance before the issue becomes a huge liability.
It is not the revenue officer’s job to make threats or otherwise frighten you into resolving your tax issues. While this person should make you aware of your tax obligation, he or she should also answer questions or otherwise provide assistance.
Revenue officers are not authorized to send you to jail, so you don’t need to be frightened if one shows up. This could, however, be an early sign that you have a significant tax issue on your hands and require professional assistance from an enrolled agent.
Revenue Officer Versus Revenue Agent
Taxpayers often confuse revenue officers and agents. While they share some basic functions, these professionals are employed by different organizations and hold different qualifications.
Revenue officers work within the IRS collection division. They generally work larger cases that don’t qualify for examination from an automated system.
Revenue agents aren’t as concerned about whether taxes are collected; they focus on auditing and determining what, exactly, taxpayers owe.
How to Identify a Revenue Officer
Not sure whether an alleged IRS representative is legitimate? Ask to see the revenue officer’s HSPD-12 card. As standard identification for federal employees, this card includes a serial number and photo. Revenue officers should also carry pocket commission.
If contacted by a revenue officer or other IRS employee, don’t hesitate to seek representation from an enrolled agent. Contact Highland Tax Resolution at 720-398-6088 to learn more about your options.