Will the IRS Cut You a Break During the Recession?

Has the poor economy affected how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deals with delinquent taxes? We asked this question to Justin Hein, Managing Attorney for Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation. His answer might surprise you.

IRS Tax Relief: Good intentions don’t always make a difference

About a year ago, the IRS distributed a press release indicating that they were going to be more understanding and compassionate to taxpayers, providing them with more opportunities to maintain settlement programs or resolutions. In other words, taxpayers may have been able to work out an IRS deal for tax collection.

However, Hein says that the IRS does not appear to have followed through with this goal. He informs, “The IRS aims to be a friendly customer service organization. But the reality is that depending on the taxpayer, the IRS tax debt and the IRS agent assigned to a particular case, good intentions can go out the window. I can tell you from experience that the IRS is as aggressive as they've ever been.” Though they might have good intentions, the IRS doesn’t have an official procedure that makes them any less aggressive – and they do have all the tools in place to pursue taxpayer IRS tax debts.

IRS Deal or No Deal?

Millions of Americans have been negatively affected by the poor economy. What people don’t think about is that the federal government is also negatively affected by the poor economy as well. So, if you think the economy may result in an IRS deal to settle your IRS tax debt, you might want to think again. Hein explains, “The federal government needs to find funds in order to pay for all of the programs that the administration is planning on implementing as well as for the programs that are already in place. So, it's understandable that the federal government is looking underneath every rock to find more money.”