· The IRS will never contact you via e-mail. If the IRS contacts you by email you can be assured it is a “phishing” scam where unscrupulous people try to gather personal information by posing as the IRS. If you receive an e-mail that appears to be from the IRS, do not answer it.
· The IRS has recently started training their revenue agents to be able to work with the QuickBooks 2010 software. As a result, approximately 1,100 agents are now ready, willing and able to request your business records electronically. We would never advise our clients to provide a QuickBooks backup to the IRS.
· Sometimes it is easier and more beneficial for a third party Power of Attorney or CPA to correspond with the IRS on behalf of a taxpayer. The IRS grants certain professional courtesies to CPA’s that the taxpayer themselves may not benefit from. A CPA will have access to a different level of communication within the IRS that may not be available to taxpayers and as a result, communication is sometimes more efficient and effective.
· The federal government spends about $10 billion per year to pay the IRS’s 114,000 employees.
- The IRS sends out an average 8 billion pages of paper every tax season. If all the pieces of paper were laid out end-to-end, it would wrap around the earth 28 times.