All IRS Back Tax Help comments are in blue. This review is about IRS certified mail and the questions that surround it. The short version is this: If you owe IRS back taxes and you are receiving IRS certified mail, it’s time to act. Now. Read the questions and answers to learn more about what the IRS’ intentions are when you start to receive the orange slips in your mailbox.
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IRS Certified Mail, LT11, IRS Letter 1058, IRS Form 668y, Final Notice of Intent to Levy, and Notice of Federal Tax Lien
I have received a slew of emails about IRS certified mail and what it means. My shortened responses are below:
Q: I’ve broken an IRS payment arrangement (IRS installment agreement), now I’m getting certified mail from the IRS. What should I do?
A: The first step is communication with the IRS. If you have defaulted an installment agreement, simply call the Revenue Officer and ask to reinstate it. If you cannot get the installment agreement reinstatement done, it is time to consider getting some help for your back taxes.
The other question is this: Why did you default the installment agreement?
If you were in an IRS installment agreement, and you could not afford it, it is usually because you did not think you had any options to solve your tax problem other than what the IRS offers you. You do. There is always a reasonable solution to these tax problems. If you could not get an IRS installment agreement that you could afford in the first place, it means you don’t know what you don’t know. It does not mean you are dumb, it means you are inexperienced in these matters going up against a highly trained collection agent. You can balance those scales by getting IRS back tax help.
A: Yes. That is not a popular answer, but it is probably true. If the IRS collection efforts have gotten to the point where they are threatening to seize property or bank accounts through levy, it truly means you are losing control of the situation. The IRS Final Notice of Intent to Levy means business, and as it is worded, it is the final notice. They are at the gates. The threat of IRS seizure can be nullified, but you must take action. If you have already experienced an IRS bank levy, or garnishment, you now need help. You can get an IRS bank levy returned to you, but you must act quickly and forcefully to make that happen.
Q: I owe back taxes, and I’m now receiving IRS certified mail. How much time do I have before they levy?
A: If you have received more than one certified letter from the IRS, note the date of the first letter. The key is the date on the certified letter itself, not the date it was received or picked up (signed for, more on that later.) In the IRS Letter 1058 “Final Notice of Intent to Levy” it says you have 30 days to act or be under threat of seizure. You must respect this. If you are approaching day 30 and have taken no steps to protect yourself, maintain a very low financial profile. The IRS could take seizure action on day 31 or day 331, but it will be you that is trying to repair employee and client relationships when checks start to bounce.
Q: I’ve received certified mail from the IRS, should I worry about perjury?
A: Odd question. Perjury typically comes into play with the IRS Collection Information Statement (IRS Form 433a or IRS Form 433b) Maybe they meant when they file a Collection Due Process Appeal (CDP) (IRS Form 12153) Perjury isn’t really an issue, but don’t make things up. Make sure you file a CDP within the first 30 days to prevent an IRS bank levy prior to the hearing. If you have representation, and you have had an IRS levy or garnishment, check and see if a Collection Due Process Appeal was filed. If they cannot produce the CDP appeal with a verified date, that is a red flag that you are not being taken care of properly. Get a second opinion (that’s a hint!) if that has happened.
Q: How many IRS certified letters or notices is one given prior to IRS tax liens?
A: No IRS certified letters are required prior to the IRS filing a federal tax lien. If you are receiving certified mail prior to a tax lien, it is probably an IRS letter 1058, Final Notice of Intent to Levy. Which is worse because your assets become exposed to seizure. Time to get moving.
Q: I owe $15000 in back taxes, received an IRS certified letter, what now?
A: Time to take action, but don’t hire anyone, yet. If you owe under $50k to the IRS I always encourage people to try to tackle the IRS tax problem on their own first. Read: Owe IRS back taxes? When, who, and how do I hire IRS back tax help? to find out if you should hire IRS back tax help. It’s not just self promotion, honestly.
Q: I’ve received an IRS certified letter Final Notice of Intent to Levy, will they really seize my property?
A: Yes. The IRS can and will seize a home, bank account, 401k, property, anything with equity to solve the IRS back tax problem. I’m amazed at how many people I talk to do not take this threat seriously until it is too late. They send these IRS Letter 1058s (aka LT11) out when they mean business. IRS bank levies, and IRS wage garnishments occur thousands of times a day. They have no problem damaging your relationships with spouses, employers, employees, clients, and anyone else these seizures can affect.
Q: What letters and notices does the IRS send certified?
A: The IRS letters and notices you must take seriously. They send them certified for a reason. A clock is ticking and they have deadlines with them. No one likes to get letters from the IRS, but force yourself to pick up those letters, open them, and read them. Twice. Better the devil you know… You must plan your defense when IRS certified mail starts to arrive. Typically the letters sent via certified mail are the IRS Final Notice of Intent to Levy, (IRS Letter 1058, LT11) and the IRS Notice of Federal Tax Lien Filing (IRS Form 668y.)
Q: What do I do if an IRS Federal Tax Lien (IRS Form 668y) was filed but I didn’t sign certified notice?
A: The same thing you do if you did sign for it. The IRS is only required by law to attempt to notify you. Old address? Doesn’t matter. Out of town? Doesn’t matter. This is one of the reasons it is so important to have someone represent you. If you hire the right IRS back tax help, they will not miss those letters, and they will not let bad things happen to you. The bottom line is IRS certified mail means things are rapidly getting out of control, and you need to do something. Whether it’s taking action on your own or hiring someone to help. IRS back tax problems only get worse the longer they go unattended.
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