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IRS Special Agents

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"IRS Special Agents" by Rebecca Wohltman

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“I am Special Agent Bond with the Internal Revenue Service, and I would like to ask you some questions.” 

You might think this is a joke, but IRS Special Agents do knock on taxpayers’ doors in an attempt to speak with them. There are different types of IRS agents. Most of them (called “Revenue Agents”) just want to audit your tax return. But the job of a “Special Agent” is different.  If a Special Agent shows up at your door, it means that you or someone you may know is being investigated for criminal prosecution, and they are trying to gather enough evidence to put you or your friend in prison. You can tell a Special Agent by the fact that they carry a badge and a gun.

If an IRS Special Agent appears on your doorstep, you should say nothing more than, “I need to call my lawyer.” A criminal tax conviction can result in lengthy jail sentences and should be handled carefully. The Special Agent will try to make it sound like their visit is not a big deal, but don’t be fooled.  It’s a big deal.  Do not answer the Special Agent’s questions. Do not offer information, explanations or excuses. What you call an “explanation,” the IRS calls a “confession.” And that explanation you think is helping your case may be the very evidence they need to put you in jail.  Call the attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter who have been representing taxpayers in all tax matters – criminal and civil – for more than 33 years.

Rebecca K. Wohltman is an associate attorney at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. and practices in Belleville, Illinois and Clayton, Missouri. She concentrates her practice in business transactions, corporate law and tax law. She is a proud alumnae of McKendree University and is currently working on her LLM in Tax at Washington University.

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