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If There Is Ever A Problem With Your Tax Returns, How Will the IRS Contact You?

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

The exclusive purpose for the information which is provided from this website is to disseminate information, and not to provide tax advice. 

There are several methods which the IRS may use to contact you to ask for additional information for your tax returns, to confirm an appointment, to discuss an upcoming audit, to collect your unpaid or delinquent taxes, to seize your property to satisfy your debts to the U S Treasury, to request copies of documents, or for other official reasons.  Under normal circumstances the communications will first be initiated by a letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

This is usually referred to as a “30-Day Letter”.  This means that the IRS expects to receive a response from you no later than thirty days from the date of the letter. Under no circumstances should you ignore the contents of this letter or this correspondence!

Notice in the reading below that the IRS now uses “third party” private debt collectors. While I do not have first-hand experience with these activities, anecdotal evidence from the Internet indicates that some of the tactics that are utilized may not always be either ethical, or achieve good business practice and standards.

Additionally, when reading the information from the IRS “Tax Tip” below, notice the situations and/or circumstances in which a particular method may be expected. At the end are five different methods that the IRS will NEVER use.  If you are contacted by any of the methods listed, ignore the contact!  It’s not from the IRS!!