IRS Makes Shocking New Decision

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( – On Monday the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that they would be ending their practice of making unannounced visits to taxpayers in an attempt to increase safety measures and end the confusion from taxpayers.

Normally IRS revenue officers would visit a home or business where they would be required to help taxpayers with any problems they were having with their account whether those problems related to their unpaid taxes or their account balance.

The IRS has now announced that other than in exceptional cases they would no longer be making unannounced visits and instead taxpayers would receive a mailed letter that would contain information about the date of their appointments. The IRS claimed that those “rare” unannounced visits that would continue would mostly be used in cases of subpoenas, summonses, or “sensitive enforcement activities,”  such as when assets need to be seized. As they pointed out these cases are usually less than a few hundred cases per year.

Danny Werfel, the IRS Commissioner claimed that they were taking a new approach to the operations of the IRS in an effort to serve taxpayers better. He added that changing this procedure will help increase confidence in the IRS while also protecting both IRS employees and taxpayers.

The security concerns, in particular, are most likely a result of the increase in scammers who gain access to taxpayers’ home by pretending to be IRS officials. These cases have led to a lot of confusion for both law enforcement officers and taxpayers. It has also led to many taxpayers feeling anxiety over the possibility that they might open their homes to scam artists.

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