Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
In the recent months I’ve received several inquiries regarding the IRS ‘calling’ and threatening taxpayers.
These calls are not restricted to any specific type of taxpayer.
You will typically receive something in writing via postal mail (there are some exceptions). If you do owe the IRS be sure to contact them directly, ignoring a notice will not make them go away. See our blog on options for paying the IRS.
Their main number is 1.800.829.1040.
The IRS is aware of the increased scam calls. Select here to go directly to IRS.gov to learn more.
Congress authorized a new program which allows private debt collectors to collect outstanding past due ‘inactive’ account balances.
Select here to learn more about taxes collected by the private debt collection agencies.
If you or someone you know needs representation……you may contact our office at 508.203.1676.
Can I set up a payment arrangement? How do I pay my entire balance due? What if I do not have the money right now?
There are many options available to settle your balance with the IRS. Ignoring a balance due or letters from the IRS regarding payment will not make them go away. Not making arrangements to satisfy balance due may result in your account going into collections, resulting in levy or liens of your assets, your wages or your bank accounts.
Select here to see various payment options.
If you find you are unable to pay your entire balance in one payment, you may be eligible for a monthly payment arrangement. You must apply and pay a processing fee when requesting an ‘installment agreement’. Fees vary depending on installment options. Select here to apply.
What if I need to revise my previous agreement?
Occasionally, you may find it difficult to maintain your installment agreement and need to seek other payment alternatives. Select here to review options available.
If you are experiencing a financial hardship and unable to pay the IRS, a hold on your account may be an option. Select here, for options of how to place your account in a ‘currently not collectible’ status until your financial circumstances improve.
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In a traditional sense a Power of Attorney is a document used to appoint a person or organization to manage your business, legal or private affairs. The person or organization will essentially act as an agent and handle powers, specified, on your behalf.
However, in the context of this article the Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative is a form used to authorize an eligible individual to represent you only before the Internal Revenue Service with regards to tax matters. Many states have an equivalent form or version of the IRS’s power of appointment.
The Form 2848 POA will allow the individual to represent you, obtain tax information and handle your account with the IRS, including the ability to resolve matters with different agents within the Service.
Why would I want someone to represent me?
- Some people are intimidated when contacting the IRS to resolve an issue – giving a tax attorney, EA or CPA a power of attorney would be an option to consider.
- You may want someone who is more knowledgeable in taxation to handle your issue(s).
- As a trustee or heir and may need someone to help address tax issues related to a trust or the family’s estate.
- Traveling out of the country and need someone to represent you; an appointment of an authorized individual is a good idea.
You can limit the type of issues, forms or years the representative is authorized to handle.
Additionally, you may cancel (withdraw), add another individual, or change representatives on a Power of Attorney.
To submit an appointment of a POA to the Internal Revenue Service you may obtain, prepare and print a Form 2848 here.
To submit an appointment of a POA to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue you may obtain, prepare and print a Form M-2848 here.
If we advised you to sign a power of attorney there are certain sections of the form that must be completed properly.
Shanikwa Davis, EA, MST
Principal Owner @ S. Davis Tax Consultants