The IRS Criminal Investigation Division contacted me in Connecticut. What do I do?
Answered by: Stuart B. RatnerStuart B. Ratner, P.C. Phone: 203-323-4900
As soon as special agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division enter into one’s life, it is extremely beneficial for one’s mouth to stay shut. This division and their agents are typically not interested in anything besides gathering evidence that will, in the end, put someone in jail. They typically don’t even care if someone can pay their debts, or ”resolve” whatever issue has summoned the special agents in the first place. As such, any information spoken to them will more than likely make the situation worse.
With that in mind, getting in contact with a legal professional who works within tax law and has the experience to show for it can be immensely beneficial.
Seriously, talking can backfire in a big way
Being reached out to by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division is overwhelming. Commonly, two agents show up at one’s door early in the morning or later in the evening. One will be listening and the other will ask the questions. Based on the information they get, they’ll write a memo, working to gather evidence for the case.
There are a number of ways that a case can come together, but, that is not something that a defendant should be worrying about. One of the main worries is an accidental slip of the tongue turning into evidence in an agent’s memo.
Unfortunately, some people won’t even be aware of who these agents are and won’t understand what they’re doing. As a result, some might invite the agents into their home, offer them hospitality, and worse, evidence.
Colleagues often turn quickly
In order to build their cases, these special agents then often go to accountants in question, as well as business partners, girlfriends or spouses.
With their hundreds of clients, accountants can be quick to turn over information about the one who brings the IRS. While other relations might be different, it is very rare to find someone who would take pleasure in talking to the IRS. Close confidantes can become witnesses very quickly.
Anyone struggling with tax issues knows the stress that comes with it. That can become heightened when agents from the IRS get in contact. Even if one thinks they have a situation under control, it doesn’t take more than a moment to reveal information that could give these agents significant leverage.
The quicker one reaches out to a tax attorney, the better chance one has of seeing the benefits of their experience. Seeking out an attorney with a sparkling track record who closes their cases can help one feel more at peace. Every case is different, and there are no guarantees, but, when those agents knock at the door, the stakes go up exponentially.
The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.
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