The Internal Revenue Service has an aura about it: the federal tax collecting agency seems to be an all-powerful entity that cannot be questioned or tested. Many Atlanta residents have heard horror stories of the IRS initiating an audit against a tax filer, only for the person’s life to be turned upside-down because of the audit. They have also likely heard of tax liens being placed on individuals, making their financial lives very difficult.
However, there are two things to remember about the way the IRS is perceived and the way their tactics affect individual tax payers. The first is that the IRS is far from infallible. It is possible to make a successful appeal of almost any tax-related issue.
May it be a late tax filing, back taxes, a tax lien or other tax issues, the accused individual can make it through this difficult time by making an appeal. You do not have to fear the IRS — you just need to know that you still have rights as a taxpayer, and that you do have the right to challenge IRS decisions.
The other thing to remember about the IRS and any action they take against you is that it is not as bad as many people make it out to be. That does not mean an audit or a lien is easy to get through — but it does mean that, if you consult an experienced tax attorney and get your case organized and prepared, you can either appeal the action against you, or get through it in an expedited fashion.
Also, remember that the IRS makes mistakes too. It is not just taxpayers that make errors. Nothing shows this more than a recent discovery that the IRS improperly targeted conservative political groups during the 2012 election.
Source: Associated Press, “IRS Apologizes For Inappropriately Targeting Conservative Political Groups In 2012 Election,” Stephen Ohlemacher, May 10, 2013