If you ever entertained the notion of evading taxes, perish the thought. Here are some practical things you can do as soon as you receive those dreaded letters from the IRS. The essential thing to do when dealing with the IRS is to be polite because the more indifference and the more anger you show, the less likely you will be able to get the help you need.
Just by being nice you are likely to get a lot more cooperation and assistance from the IRS. Simply saying please and thank you is not going to wipe away what you owe, but it will stand you in a better stead in discussing matters with the IRS. Let’s face it, getting audited and ending up with a massive tax bill is a terrible thing, but being rude and disrespectful on the phone and through correspondence is only going to make things worse.
At the same time, you have to act on all communications with the IRS without delay. You cannot expect the IRS to cut you a deal if you ignore three months of mailings and phone calls, to only then talk to them and beg for forgiveness. If you are uncertain as to what those mailings mean, seek legal counsel and at the same time find out what your options are. With proper legal advice, you will be able to engage the IRS in seeking a resolution to your tax debts. IRS tax evaders often have too big of an attitude problem when it comes to their tax bill and that only makes things worse.
These days, the IRS is will strike a compromise with you on your tax debt. Think of this new bargaining style as being comparable to what most credit card companies do. They understand that getting some money is better than getting nothing and in compromising, the IRS is actually saving money that would be spent in trying to retrieve the full amount without a compromise.
The final way to avoid being an IRS tax evader is to offer to pay a single lump sum payment of a certain percentage of your total debt as full settlement. This is obviously the most desirable outcome for the IRS and it can be the best possible one for you, too since it immediately puts this whole sordid episode to rest. Under such an arrangement, you can expect to pay anywhere between 65-90 percent of your total debt. Who knows, it may be even be a bit lower.