What Happens When the IRS Can’t Reach You?

The IRS obviously has a vested interest in getting in touch with anybody who neglects to file returns or pay their taxes. Doing so, however, often proves tricky — even given the increased accessibility of contact information in our modern world.

If the IRS struggles to get in touch, you could face a surprisingly harsh set of repercussions, including potential interference from a private debt collector.

Private Debt Collection

Recent changes in IRS policy have paved the path for action from third-party debt collectors, who now enjoy access to private accounts and the ability to reach out to delinquent taxpayers. While the latest IRS policies maintain extensive restrictions on these collectors, they are more likely to get involved when the agency struggles to get in touch via traditional means.

If you continually fail to respond to letters from the IRS, you can unfortunately expect collection agency calls to follow. During these calls, you may be advised to pursue transactions that skeptics regard as risky or otherwise inadvisable. Proceed with caution; while third-party tax debt collection efforts are now often legitimate, they sometimes resemble scams.

Unannounced Visits

Although rare, in-person visits are possible if the IRS proves unsuccessful in getting in touch through the mail. If the visit is related to an audit, it will typically be preceded by an appointment letter. Revenue officers occasionally show up unexpectedly at taxpayers’ homes or places of business. During investigations, IRS visits may involve federal law enforcement agents. They should show credentials and avoid demanding payment.

Struggling to get in touch with the IRS? If you’re not feeling up to the task of dealing with tax issues on your own, consider working with a trusted tax resolution service such as the Highland Tax Group. Contact us to learn more about your options.