If you're facing an IRS Problem, appropriate action right away goes a long way towards resolving it!
1. Read the entire notice carefully.
2. Respond quickly to all IRS notices. If you received a certified notice from the IRS, then you MUST respond right away. Generally, a Final Notice of Intent to Levy, lien, or impending audit will be sent as a certified letter.
3. Contact the IRS if you disagree with the notice. A phone number is always provided on IRS notices.
4. Respond within the required time frame or further enforcement action may be taken. It may be possible that you can lose appeal rights if not responded right away.
5. Document all communications with the IRS. Ask for the agent's name and badge ID #.
6. Only provide the right paperwork. Taxpayers often think that by providing more paperwork, they are in a better situation. Only provide the necessary paperwork to resolve the problem, not that which may open up a whole new set of problems.
7. Contact an experienced tax attorney. When you have IRS tax problems, it is very important to handle them very carefully. IRS tax matters are very technical and sensitive; therefore a slight mistake in the process can cost you dearly in the form of loss of money, loss of time and general frustration. The tax laws and procedures involved in settling your IRS taxes can be very complex and you may not completely understand it.