This article will help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is a legitimate IRS revenue officer or an imposter.
With continuing phone scams and inn person scams taking place across the country, the IRS reminds taxpayers that IRS employees do make official, sometimes unannounced, visits to taxpayers as part of their routine casework.
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Taxpayers should keep in mind the reasons these visits occur and understand how to verify if it is the IRS knocking at their door. Visits fall into three categories.
An IRS revenue officer will sometimes make unannounced visits to a taxpayer’s home or place of business to discuss taxes owed or tax returns due. IRS revenue officers are IRS civil enforcement employees whose role involves education, investigation, and when necessary, appropriate enforcement. IRS revenue agents will sometimes visit a taxpayer who is being audited.
That taxpayer would have first been notified by ail about the audit and set an agreed upon appointment time with the revenue agent. Also, after mailing an initial appointment letter to a taxpayer, an auditor may call to confirm and discuss items pertaining to the scheduled audit appointment.
IRS criminal investigators may visit a taxpayer’s home or place of business unannounced while conducting an investigation. However, these are federal law enforcement agents, and they will not demand any sort of payment. Criminal investigators also, carry law enforcement credentials, including a badge.
The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, as outlined above, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters from the IRS in the mail.
If an IRS Revenue Officer does visit a taxpayer, he or she will always provide two forms of official credentials called a pocket commission and a HSPD-12 card. HSPD-12 is a government wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for federal employees and contractors. A taxpayer has the right to see these credentials when an IRS employee visits a taxpayer in person.
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