What To Expect From An IRS Investigation

Initial communication from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding a tax dispute typically comes via a letter sent by U.S. Postal Service. One exception is if the IRS suspects you have committed a tax crime, in which case you may be contacted in person by IRS special agents at your home, at your workplace or some other location.

In these situations, the IRS uses an element of surprise partly to attempt to obtain as much information from you before you obtain a lawyer. You are not obligated to answer any questions from an IRS investigator without legal representation. Unlike when a person is arrested by police, there is no inherent right to be appointed legal counsel merely because the IRS is investigating you.

What To Expect

In fact, IRS special agents are not there to arrest you. Their role is to determine whether your case should be referred for criminal investigation. If further investigation is recommended, the case will be evaluated by IRS criminal tax attorneys and referred to the Department of Justice Tax Division if it is determined a criminal tax charge is warranted.

You may also be told that you are a witness in an investigation rather than the target. Even in these instances, it is wise to consult with an experienced tax lawyer. Theodore L. Craft, Esq., LLM, Attorney at Law & Tax Counsel, represents individuals who are being investigated or questioned by agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

IRS special agents receive extensive training in investigative and interrogation techniques. Do not be lulled into a sense of security because they are engaging in a casual conversation with you and have not informed you about any rights. They do not always have to follow the same procedures as law enforcement officers when questioning individuals they suspect committed a tax crime. It is important to understand that if IRS special agents are involved, the matter is serious.

Protect Yourself With Smart Legal Counsel

It is not paranoid, nor admissions of guilt, to tell IRS special agents that you will not answer any questions until you have your legal counsel present. Make the call. We are ready to help.

Call 781-606-0489 or use the online contact form on this website to schedule a meeting.