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TIGTA issues statutory review of IRS compliance with legal guidelines when issuing levies [ Audit Report No. 2008-30-097 ]:

During the process of issuing levies, IRS has been complying with legal guidelines regarding proper notification and the protection of taxpayer rights, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported in a recent audit.

The agency is required to notify taxpayers a minimum of 30 calendar days before initiating any levy action to give taxpayers the chance to appeal the proposed levy. Since prior audits found that IRS had implemented tighter controls related to systemically generated levies, the latest annual audit on the subject focused on the issuance of manual levies.

Auditors looked at 30 Integrated Collection System and 30 Automated Collection System manual levies issued between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. Analysis of these levies “showed revenue officers and customer service representatives continued to properly inform taxpayers of their rights at least 30 calendar days prior to issuing the levies,” TIGTA said.

The audit can be found at