Most people hate the IRS, and for good reason. They can be scary, they want your money, they can seize your assets, and even put you in jail if the facts justify it.
With almost 40 years of experience dealing with them, I think I’ve seen just about everything including taxpayers going to jail (not my clients!). In every case I’ve dealt with there seems to be one common denominator: when first contacted by the IRS the taxpayer ignored them.
Ignoring them is extremely dangerous and becomes stressful and expensive FAST. They don’t go away, and they won’t. They will find you and there will be a day of reckoning.
I think the best piece of advice I could to everyone who gets notified by the IRS is to get competent representation as soon as possible. The absolute worst thing that many taxpayers do is try to talk to the IRS and then compromise their case by divulging more data than needed, thus opening a can of worms.
I know it’s hard to do, but try to understand that just because you have to deal with the IRS it rarely means as much pain and money as you think. Give me a call and don’t say anything to anyone at the IRS!