IRS Collections: Assignment to a Revenue Officer

IRS Revenue Officers are well-trained, local IRS agents that possess broad power to collect tax through levy, garnishment, and asset seizure. Revenue Officers are generally assigned cases involving a significant amount of tax debt, seriously delinquent tax return filings, complex financial analysis, employment tax matters, and/or other complex circumstances. If an IRS Revenue Officer has contacted you regarding significant past due tax debt, it is critical to seek legal counsel immediately to protect your rights.

Revenue Officers are primarily focused on collecting as much tax as possible. They thoroughly investigate your financial ability to pay your tax debt while also exercising broad authority to interview and obtain information from you and third parties such as employees, business partners, and accountants. Revenue Officers can also Summons (similar to a Subpoena) information.

While Revenue Officers are not directly involved in criminal investigations, they can refer cases to the IRS Criminal Investigation Department if they suspect fraud or criminal activity. This means that notes, memoranda, and testimony collected by a Revenue Officer could be used against you in a separate criminal proceeding. Because of these potential risks, taxpayers should secure legal representation and defer all communication with the Revenue Officer to their attorney.

We invite you to request a consultation with a tax attorney if you have been contacted by an IRS Revenue Officer.

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We are committed to delivering results for our clients. We invite you to review a sample of IRS Revenue Officer Collections cases that we have successfully resolved for our clients. All cases are different and the summaries below should not be interpreted as a prediction or guarantee of success or specific results.

Release of Levy Initiated by Revenue Officer

Client was self-employed restaurant owner facing over $150,000 in payroll tax debt. An IRS Revenue Officer was assigned to the cases and initiated a bank levy to seize all funds in Client's bank accounts. DeWitt Law represented Client, negotiated a full levy release with the Revenue Officer and a Partial Pay Installment Agreement to resolve the outstanding tax debt.


Levy & Garnishment Action Prevented

Client was self-employed real estate developer facing over $285,000 in income tax debt. An IRS Revenue Officer was assigned to the case and Client was initially represented by their accountant. No resolution was reached and the Revenue Officer threatened levy and garnishment action. Client retained DeWitt Law. A Collection Due Process request was filed, which forwarded the matter to the IRS Office of Appeals and suspended levy and garnishment action by the Revenue Officer. An installment agreement was reached with an IRS appeals agent.


Partial-Pay Installment Agreement Negotiated With Revenue Officer

Client was self-employed medical doctor facing over $750,000 in income tax debt. An IRS Revenue Officer was assigned to the case. DeWitt Law represented Client before the Revenue Officer and negotiated a partial-pay installment agreement, based on Client's monthly financial ability to pay.


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