Navigating the complexities of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be a daunting task. If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS, you must reply promptly, to minimize penalties and interest.
When you do have tax problems and are seeking a tax resolution, your odds of success will be heavily influenced by how well you communicate with the IRS agents. There are several things you can do to help things go smoothly when dealing with IRS representatives:
Remain friendly. Being confrontational will make the IRS agent less likely to work with you on a tax resolution or be helpful.
Be patient. The IRS can be very repetitive and detail-oriented which can become tiresome and frustrating to many people. But it is a necessary part of the tax resolution process.
Notify of move. If you have moved, notify the IRS by filling out their change-of-address form, IRS Form 8822. This will ensure that you get important notices on time and help keep you from missing deadlines.
Respond. Always respond to notices or letters from the IRS. Respond promptly but only after you are certain you understand what the letter means and what is being asked for.
Confirm. The IRS will not call you unless you have received a notice or letter first. If you do receive a call, ask for the name and ID number of the IRS employee who calls you. To be safe it is best to check and make sure that you are actually dealing with a real IRS employee and not give any detailed information until you confirm that the call is legitimate.
Stay calm. Understandably, you might be fearful or nervous when facing the IRS even if you have done nothing wrong. However, such nervousness may give the impression that you do have something to hide.
Navigating the complexities of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be a daunting task, but you don't have to face it alone. At SDC CPA, we can handle all communications with the IRS, giving you peace of mind.
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