U.S. taxpayers will no longer have to worry about unexpected visits from the IRS, as the agency announced a new policy on Monday to end most in-person visits for tax-related issues. This change is part of the IRS’s efforts to improve customer service and reduce tension between taxpayers and the agency. It also aims to combat scammer claims that the IRS will show up at people’s doors demanding cash.
The IRS typically initiates contact about unpaid taxes or unfiled tax returns through mail. However, for decades, revenue officers have also been responsible for making in-person visits to resolve any outstanding issues. This will no longer be the case, except for a few exceptions, according to IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel.
Effective immediately, revenue officers will now schedule meetings through mailed letters instead of showing up unannounced. If the IRS is unable to reach a taxpayer, they may escalate their attempts to collect taxes through means such as levies and liens, which can also be done remotely.
Under the previous policy, revenue officers made tens of thousands of unannounced visits each year. These visits were primarily to collect tax debts with a median amount of…
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