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IRS Civil Collection Division

By Shad Brown, Attorney
© 2013

The second division of the IRS that taxpayers may be confronted with is the IRS’ civil collection division. The civil collection division is primarily responsible for the collection of previously assessed and unpaid taxes. The collection process can vary and may include use of liens, levies and wage garnishment. The effect of these efforts can be devastating on the life of an individual.

Before the IRS begins these proceedings a taxpayer will receive notice of these actions. During this process a taxpayer has limited ability and time to challenge these efforts. Ignoring these notices will only ensure that the IRS will act upon them. Options available to taxpayers include appeal the decision within the IRS, petitioning the tax court, settling the debt through an offer-in-compromise, entering into an installment agreement and convincing the IRS to suspend collection efforts entirely. In some limited circumstances, a taxpayer may also have the right to challenge the underlying tax owed. Which option is best suited to your situation is inherently fact based. To best understand your options and decide upon the most effective way to combat the IRS’ collection efforts a taxpayer should consult an experienced tax attorney.

As with all interactions with the IRS, the most important step you can take to remedy your outstanding tax debts is to contact a trusted professional to assist you. Tax litigation is complex and full of sinkholes and pitfalls for the unwary. Contact the experienced attorneys of the Dana Law Firm today to help you evaluate your options before the IRS garnishes your wages, levies your bank accounts and places liens on your property.