Do not interview with tax collectors without help

If you are called in to an IRS field office for an interview your first indication of how serious the matter is should be when you are buzzed through the steel door by security. When you are sitting across the desk from the IRS agent in a room that already feels too warm, accused of something that you do not understand, that is not the time to think about asking somebody for help. Get help when you first get the notices because the clock is ticking.

If the IRS or your state’s Department of Revenue wants to interview you in person, don’t go without competent representation. Often times the interview process and the forms they use contain traps. You need somebody who knows where those traps are and how to work around them. Those agents work for the government. We work for you. It is that simple.

What if you start getting IRS letters related to an old job where the company went out of business? If this happens you need to call us right away because the amounts the government is after in cases like this typically run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Do not assume that you are automatically safe because you, “Just worked there.” That may be the case, but you will need to prove it in a legally competent manner.

Were you a bookkeeper, manager, vice president or maybe controller? Did your job title fit your duties? What were your legal responsibilities to third parties? Did your old employer lie to you about why you were paying some bills but ignoring others? Those are critical questions that can prove guilt or support innocence. Before you are left holding the bag for people you don’t even know anymore, contact our firm because we can help.