There is no way around the fact that the Internal Revenue Service has a great deal of power. When it comes to tax collection cases initiated against people across the country and here in Massachusetts, the agency can do more than just assess penalties and interest. The IRS can even conduct criminal investigations that could threaten the freedom of the taxpayers in its sights.
Of course, many controversies Massachusetts residents find themselves in with the IRS do not result in criminal charges. However, they could end up costing some taxpayers hundreds, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Investigators and agents of the IRS know how far they can go, but they may count on you not knowing. They may push the envelope when it comes to getting you to capitulate.
You have rights, and you would certainly want to gain an understanding of them as soon as possible. Before you engage in any substantive communications with the IRS, you need to know what the agency can and cannot do. In fact, the options presented to you by an agent or investigator may not be the only ones you have.
It may be possible for you to pursue other avenues to resolve your issues with the IRS. Tax collection cases are rarely as cut and dried as an agent or investigator may try to make you believe. Working with an experienced tax attorney could help reveal a strategy that provides you with the best outcome possible to your dispute with the nation’s taxing authority.