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Have you received a notice of tax audit in the mail? Do you have unpaid taxes? Are you getting letters or calls from IRS agents about the money you owe them?

In general, IRS agents are not as threatening as a typical debt collector. However, there have been many cases in which taxpayers have felt harassed by the IRS. It is important to remember that your unpaid taxes are your liability and paying them is your civil responsibility. But that does not mean you have be intimidated or threatened in order to pay these debts.

What Is Considered Harassment?

The majority of IRS agents do their jobs professionally and treat taxpayers with respect. Whether a particular agent was having a bad day or not right for the job, there are some practices that are not considered acceptable by the IRS. Some actions that are considered harassment by the IRS agent are:

Insisting they be let into your home. They are not legally allowed into your home unless you invite them in.

Attempting to collect at inconvenient times or locations. An IRS agent is not allowed to contact you at unreasonable hours or at locations such as your job.

Make threats of garnishments, liens or levies. Only the IRS bureau can file this motion and the process is bounded by the IRS satisfying a few steps before the garnishment or lien order can be put into place.

Make statements suggesting you will be required to pay penalties or more than you owe. Again, only the IRS bureau can implement these fees, not the IRS collection agent.

Offer to settle your debts on the spot or make promises of payment plans. The IRS agent does not possess the ability to take money for your debts in person and cannot arrange payment plans, only the IRS bureau can accept monetary transactions or approve a repayment plan.

How To Handle Harassment

You have the right to file a complaint against the IRS agent or the bureau itself, and their actions. You may write a letter of complaint detailing the IRS entity that is the subject of your complaint (the agent, the bureau etc.), the date and time of the incident and the details of the action you are filing the complaint about.

In general the compliant process can take a long time before a decision is reached. There is no guarantee you will receive a judgment in your favor regarding your compliant. That is why The Lee Law Firm represents the taxpayer! We feel there is enough to worry about in the world, why try to fight the IRS single handed? Our attorneys can represent you and fight your battle for you! Don’t go one more day worrying about your IRS harassment case; we can improve your chances of being heard by the IRS!