Communicating with the IRS About Money You Owe the Government: 4 Do’s and 2 Don’ts

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You’ll be communicating with government agencies often if you have IRS debt. Your communications may affect your installment plan and overall payment amount, so observe the following do’s and don’ts:

Do Respond To All Communication

Never ignore letters or phone calls from the IRS. Having an IRS debt can be daunting, but ignoring the situation will only make it worse. Pick up the phone and call–you may be able to arrange for an installment agreement or reduce your overall tax liability.

Do Read Correspondence Carefully

Each letter from the IRS will detail why you are being contacted, what you need to do, and what will happen if you don’t comply. Don’t throw these letters into the recycling bin–read them in detail and be prepared to act.

Do Be Polite

Be respectful when speaking with IRS agents by phone, and do your best to comply with instructions. Remember, failing to follow instructions could result in more penalties, interest, or even garnishment of your wages.

Do Submit Documents Quickly

The IRS may require documents about your financial situation before determining an installment agreement or other payment arrangement. Submit all documentation as soon as possible.

Don’t Get Emotional

It’s ultimately your responsibility to pay or make arrangements to pay all your IRS debt. Getting mad at the IRS representative won’t help your case. In fact, it might make the situation worse. Try to keep a level head, even if you think the situation is unfair. You may be able to negotiate the amount you owe, at least in terms of penalties and interest.

Don’t Ignore Mailings or Phone Calls

The sooner you make a payment arrangement or answer correspondence, the sooner you can get your tax obligations on track. On the other hand, ignoring mailings could result in negative consequences.

Timely, polite correspondence with all government officials is the key to managing your IRS debt and making the process as stress-free as possible. You may be able to reduce your overall liability and get your finances back on track with the correct approach.

Your IRS debt doesn’t need to keep you up at night one day longer! The Highland Tax Resolution team is here to guide you and develop a strategic, effective way forward. Call us now for help at 720-398-6088!