Handling IRS Harassment
No one wants to owe the IRS money, but many people are suffering with unbearable tax debt that is consuming their lives. To make matters worse, the IRS is very vigilant about collecting their money. Luckily, taxpayers are protected from unfair or abusive tax debt collections thanks to the Fair Tax Collection Practices (FTCP) Act.
Although the IRS maintains the right to implement wage garnishment and tax liens, they generally follow the typical collection path first. In a sense, the IRS is no different than any other creditor in the sense that they must adhere to strict rules about how they can collect on a debt. Taxpayers should know their rights and what rules the IRS must follow when attempting to collect on a debt. The FTCP requires that the IRS stick to the following guidelines:
- Do not call before normal business hours or after 9:00pm.
- Do not call a taxpayer at an usual time that is inconvenient, such as at work.
- Do not attempt to collect the tax debt from anyone other than the taxpayer, unless they are represented by a tax attorney.
- Do not make threats, use violence or intimidation in efforts to collect on the debt.
- Do not use obscene or profane language when attempting to collect on the debt.
- Do not misrepresent yourself or the purpose of the collection call to the taxpayer.
- Do not repeatedly call with the intent to annoy or harass the taxpayer.
The IRS is bound by these rules during collection attempts. Violations of these rules can result in serious consequences for the IRS representative who engages in such behaviors. Taxpayers are urged to contact the IRS or an attorney if they feel they have been harassed by the IRS.
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