The IRS has said it will increase personal visits by its enforcement personnel to the homes of people delinquent on their taxes, starting with those who had incomes of more than $100,000 in past years but have not filed a tax return for those years.
“During the visits, IRS revenue officers will share information and work with the taxpayer to hopefully resolve the tax issue,” an announcement said.
The agency meanwhile is anticipating that some of those visited will think the visit is a scam; the IRS is one of the agencies most commonly impersonated in phone and email scams seeking to get money or personal information from victims.
While the visits will mostly be unannounced, they will occur only after taxpayers have been notified that they are delinquent and the revenue officers “will always provide two forms of official credentials, both include a serial number and photo of the IRS employee. Taxpayers have the right to see each of these credentials,” it said.
The IRS said the additional in-person visits are possible due to recent increases in enforcement staffing and is part of a broader effort to improve compliance, including greater efforts to identify delinquent accounts and placing a hold on current year refunds is there is a past year delinquency.
“The IRS is committed to fairness in the tax system, and we want to remind people across all income categories that they need to file their taxes,” said Paul Mamo, Director of Collection Operations, Small Business/Self Employed Division. “These visits focusing on high-income taxpayers will be taking place across the country.”