7 Things They Don’t Tell You About IRS Agents.

7 Things They Don’t Tell You About IRS Agents.

– By Jack Fishman, Retired IRS Special Agent

1. An IRS agent has the authority to administer an oath. ( How is that important? If a person tells an IRS agent a lie it is perjury. )

2. An IRS agent has the authority to sign a summons. ( How is that important? It does not require an independent judicial authority – a judge – and in some cases does not even require a supervisor’s approval. )

3. IRS Special Agent reports are not available to be reviewed by the person being accused. Federal courts have ruled that these reports are not available even in criminal cases…

4. The IRS data base for determining who will be audited – The Diff Score – is listed as Top Secret and cannot be obtained by a Freedom of Information Request or by a court order.

5. An IRS agent has the authority to make seizures of property WITH OUT a court order.

6. An IRS agent can make independent contacts with a person’s business partners and a person’s financial institutions. This can ruin an individual’s business and financial life.

7. If an IRS agent imposes the Civil Fraud Penalty on an individual, there is no statute of limitation and it cannot be bankrupted against.

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    Thanks for the share! Very useful info!

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  • Donnie

    Thanks for this very useful information! #5 scares me a little.

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  • Fred Sanchez

    Hi Jack! It seems like there there are a lot of different kind of IRS “Agents”. In your article, you mention “plain” IRS Agents and “Special” Agents. I have a friend who recently received a call from “Revenue” Agent. I also think I heard of a “Collection” Agent. I’m not really clear on the differences between them. Do they perform different functions? Is it worse to be dealing with one kind over another? Thanks!

  • http://www.mwcrosson.com Michael Crosson

    Bankruptcy is designed to give *honest* debtors a break, so the sections in the Bankruptcy Code that state debts related to fraud are not dischargable are understandable. However, whether or not enough checks and balances are in place to prevent IRS Agents from running amok and imposing the Civil Fraud Penalty on taxpayers willy nilly is another issue. I don’t know enough about the procedures to say either way.

  • Mark Pool

    Since 2002, IRS audit priorities are high risk, high income taxpayers, high income non-filers (are you paying attention Wesley Snipes?!), unreported income, offshore credit card users, abusive schemes and promoter activities and The National Research Program. An article outlining this focus from the Agency with more information is here: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=105695,00.html

  • Greg Dickens

    Good information to know Jack! I hope some of the Occupy 99% protesters out there are fighting the good fight against these kind of undemocratic policies that favor the IRS! What I want to know is, do all IRS agents dress like characters in “Men in Black?” You know, black business suit, tie, sunglasses, hat and sunglasses. Of course a very serious demeanor goes along with it! Might be a good Halloween costume! ;-)