The IRS Has Contacted You — Now What?

Initial contact from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding any tax matter will come via a letter sent through the U.S. Postal Service. This is an important fact to keep in mind since scams have become more prevalent in which people receive telephone calls out of the blue from someone claiming to be an IRS representative and demanding some type of immediate payment. Do not speak with anyone demanding immediate payment. Instead, hang up and report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

If you receive a letter from the IRS, do not fret. It may simply be requesting additional information or documentation regarding a deduction on your tax return. It also may correct information you provided in your tax return and state that you need to pay additional taxes. If you agree that additional taxes are owed or you have the documentation the IRS seeks, simply reply to the address shown on the notice.

When Hiring A Tax Lawyer Makes Sense

If you do not agree with the correction the IRS made, or you do not understand what the letter states, a timely reply to the IRS is still necessary. If you used a tax preparer, you can ask him or her to clarify what the letter states. However, if you wish to dispute the IRS claim, it is wise to enlist the assistance of a knowledgeable tax attorney who can review the matter and advise you on next steps.

Theodore L. Craft, Esq., LLM, Attorney at Law & Tax Counsel, has more than 40 years of tax law and procedural experience. Mr. Craft is committed to protecting his clients' rights and resolving tax disputes efficiently and cost-effectively.

While certified public accountants (CPAs) may be well versed in the nuances of general audit matters, they are not generally equipped to handle matters in which fraud allegations may surface. Truly effective representation in criminal tax defense requires a depth of experience not only with an IRS procedural review for such issues, but also a deep grasp of the rules of evidence as applied to "affirmative acts," "willful blindness," "constructive dividends" and similar concepts.

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If you received a notice from the IRS or have unpaid tax liabilities, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We are prepared to represent you fully regarding any issue that involves a tax audit, alleged tax fraud or other tax matter. Call 781-606-0489 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.