You consider doing what the IRS asked – picking up the phone and calling the IRS. The day of reckoning cannot be put off any longer.
But the call to the IRS is not always that simple.
First, know that when you call, the IRS agent on the other end is trained to immediately ask you a script of questions.
Here are the first questions you should expect to be asked when you call the IRS Automated Collection System:
- Your current address.
- Your telephone number.
- Where you bank.
- The name of your employer.
That’s right, before you can even get started with a conversation, the IRS account representative is trained to extract financial information from you, including where you bank and work.
The purpose is to update the IRS’s database with bank levy and wage garnishment sources.
You are five minutes into the call, have disclosed valuable information, and received nothing back. And the IRS is not done with its requests for information.
Expect the IRS account representative to next request that you provide a financial statement, which will include the amount of your income, a list of your monthly living expenses, the car you drive and what it’s worth, and the value of your house.
The IRS will give you a deadline to call back and fax the completed information, or to send it in by mail. In my experience, expect the IRS to allow you between two and four weeks to get the financial statement in, although the time allotted varies and is often dependent on the personality of the IRS account representative.
Here’s the catch you now could be in: If you do not provide the financial statement by the deadline, the IRS may want to levy your bank account or wages, using the very information you provided them at the outset of your first call.
And know that when you call back with the financial statement, you will not speak with the same person who handled your earlier call. In fact, you will never speak to the same person twice when you call the IRS Automated Collection System. That very nice and helpful person you spoke with during the first call could be replaced by a more aggressive agent taking your next call.
The IRS may also ask for some supporting documents to verify the information on the financial statements, such as your last three months’ bank statements and statements verifying your auto and home loans.
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