If you find yourself face to face with an IRS Agent (Revenue Officer for collection issues, or Revenue Agent for audit and examination issues), at your front door you must remember to avoid these common mistakes:
1. Don’t invite them into your home or business.
2. Don’t answer any question. No matter how innocent they sound.
3. Don’t provide them paperwork or documentation.
What you should do is ask the IRS agent for their business card and the purpose of their visit.
Explain to them that your professional tax representative will contact them and that all future communications will go through them.
Be polite but firm. Do not let them intimidate you into talking about anything.
Your rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights allow you to have a Professional Tax Representative handle your IRS negotiations.
Often taxpayers become understandably nervous and invite the IRS Agent into their home or business and start telling them all kinds of things.
DON’T DO IT!
Usually you’re helping the IRS and hurting yourself. The IRS Agent is trained to prepare a mental inventory of all assets they see in your home or business.