How Does IRS Collection Process Begin?

The IRS Collection Department

Your case goes to the Internal Revenue Services “Collection” department whenever the IRS determines that you owe back taxes. This will happen if you file a tax return and don’t pay the tax owed, or if the Internal Revenue Service wins at an audit of the tax return you filed. They have many tools to collect the tax.

Once your case is in Collection, you will receive notices asking for payment of the tax. If that does not bring about payment, then the IRS automated system will begin seizing assets they know exist (such as your bank accounts).

If the amount you owe is high enough, an IRS Revenue Officer will be assigned to your case. The officer will call you and will either ask you to come in to an IRS office or come out to see you personally.

If you are unable to pay your taxes  immediately, you can make monthly payments through an installment agreement. The IRS has turned into an efficient and fairly approachable organization and will work with you if you are making a good faith effort to play.

Helpful List of IRS Toll-Free Numbers:

• Tax Help for Individuals: 800-829-1040
• Tax Help Line for Businesses: 800-829-4933
• Order Tax Forms and Publications: 800-829-3676
• Information Return Reporting: 866-455-7438
• Help Line for Forms 706 and 709: 866-699-4083