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by: Anthony Parent 2019-06-21
Chances are, you weren’t home when the post office attempted to deliver a certified or letter from the IRS. Chances are, a pink slip was left for you in your mailbox. You might be holding that pink slip in your hand right now. It might be a little sweaty. You might be wondering — Is this bad? Is this good? Is this no big deal? You might question - Am I going to be arrested? Should I pick up the letter? What happens if I do? What happens if I don’t? You probably are very concerned - so read on as we answer as many great questions we can.
Probably. Congress requires the IRS to send you a certified letter before they levy or garnish you. It also can happen before the IRS files a lien or assigns a Revenue Officer to visit you, unannounced at your home or business.
If you were in an audit you feel went well, it could be good news. But otherwise, it is probably not. When the IRS sends a refund it is done electronically or, they send a check first class mail. Refunds are not typically sent certified.
You will find out what tax years the IRS claims you owe, and other information. Also, you will also find out what appeal rights you have. The appeals right are very important. Just as you can imagine - we often get the best deal for our clients with IRS appeals. We like it when our clients share these certified letters and notices with us during our first call so we can see exactly what is going on.
If you don’t pick up a certified letter to the IRS, it is basically saying you agree with everything the IRS says. Your silence will be used against you. Your silence will be interpreted as “Yes, IRS you are right. Everything you say is right. Therefore, do whatever you want to me, whenever you want to do it to me.”
So really - make sure you get that letter.
Probably not. And probably highly unlikely. The reason is that once a case turns criminal, the IRS typically suspends the civil collections process.