Revenue Officers are by definition “Collection Officers” for the IRS. Revenue Officers are assigned to accounts to collect back taxes. Their objective is to collect the taxes that are owed as quickly as possible and to have the account paid in full.
When taxpayers work with Revenue Officers, it is very important that they understand their legal and tax rights. Revenue Officers have the authority to garnish wages, levy bank accounts, file Federal tax liens and even seize assets. Although Revenue Officers hold such a position of power, they must comply with statutes and regulations set forth by Congress.
In general terms, the IRS is prohibited from taking a taxpayer’s income and assets, if such taking will result in an undue hardship to the taxpayer. The IRS is also barred from taking certain specified exempt assets. Additionally, Revenue Officers must conduct themselves in a professional manner and must provide taxpayers with reasonable time frames to respond to their requests. Unfortunately, not all Revenue Officers respect these limitations and sometimes conduct themselves in a discourteous manner and act without regard to the financial impact of their actions against taxpayers.
Once you work with a tax professional who is included on the IRS Power of Attorney, the assigned Revenue Officer must deal directly with the tax professional, which is great news for you.
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