IRS increases visits to high-income taxpayers who haven’t filed tax returns
Submitted by Filomena Mealy
As the deficit grows, apparently, so does the pressure on the IRS to collect more income. The IRS has hired additional enforcement personnel, and it appears they want to put them to work in the field. Their job will be to increase face-to-face visits with high-income taxpayers who have failed to file tax returns in 2018 or prior years.
Business owners beware. Paul Mamo, Director of Collection Operations, Small Business/Self Employed Division, says: “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. These visits focusing on high-income taxpayers will be taking place across the country. We want to ensure taxpayers know their options to get right with their taxes and avoid bigger issues later.”
If those three sentences don’t get your attention, they should. It’s the polite language for audits and probable penalties and interest. Mamo goes on to stress that it’s better to consult a tax professional and to take advantage of methods to get back into compliance “before being personally contacted by the IRS.”
It appears that people with an income over $100,000 per year and did not file a tax return have a reason for concern about a knock on the door from an IRS officer. The IRS says that those who do what they should “deserve” to know that the IRS is aggressively pursuing those who do not.
The article goes on to give specific instructions on the rules and how to comply and avoid that visit.