Post # 1
If you get them, please don’t ignore them.
I work for a tax attorney, I took the umpteenth phone call from someone who waited to get help until AFTER the IRS filed a lien on their house and they had over 20k in penalties. There isn’t all that much anyone can do for you if you wait YEARS to take care of the problem and a lien is already filed.
It breaks my heart that these people have gotten themselves in terrible situations, but at the same time…they got themselves into these situations.
If you owe anything, pay it right away, or set up a payment plan. In this economy the IRS will almost never waive penalties and interest, and they accrue daily. So please help yourself before you’re staring down a massive tax debt.
Post # 3
UGH this hits home. My father in law is basically a deadbeat and we’re trying to get his act cleaned up, debts paid, help him start a new life, etc. We’ve taken over most of his accounts and stuff. We just got a tax notice in the mail that he owes the IRS $15K. Apparently he’s received MANY of these over the years but shredded all of them without telling us. I’m so angry I could scream. All of our savings have already been spent on this man, so I have no idea what we’re going to do.
Ugh sorry, didn’t mean to hijack!! Seriously people, DON’T AVOID THE IRS!
Post # 4
You didn’t hijack! I’m so sorry! It’s incredibly frustrating to help someone who doesn’t make the effort to help themselves. I am very empathetic to our clients, but it’s maddening when they do things like ignore notices. I really hope that everything works out for you and your father in law.
Post # 5
@serendipity9.8: I don’t know how you manage to remain empathetic – I’d be calling them every name in the book! (That’s also why I picked a job where I don’t have to deal with people.) Why would you ever ignore IRS notices? Do people really think they’ll just go away!?
Post # 6
Some people think that it’s not a big deal. These are usually the people who “forget” to file their returns. I see how terrified these people are and it’s just sad. I truly want to help them. It’s a really great feeling when you see the weight lift off their shoulders.
Unfortunately, those are the people willing to make the effort to fix things. Clients lose my empathy quickly when they don’t do the simple things we ask them to. Best way to make your lawyer’s office, IRS, and Department of Revenue lose their sympathy for you? Don’t do what they ask you to, we try to help people, but we can’t do it without their participation.