Whenever you get a letter from the IRS, it’s likely going to be a stressful time. You’re wondering what the letter means. If the word “summons” is in the letter, your heartbeat is going to start racing. The first thing you should know is that no matter what bad news you think the letter might be bringing, you should not ignore it.
When the Internal Revenue Service sends you some notices, you need to make sure to take it seriously. So what does the summons mean? It depends on what kind of summons you receive. This is why you are going to want to contact an attorney like me if you get any summons from the IRS. There are a couple of different steps the organization might be taking.
One of the more common summonses is the IRS ordering you to show them your books. This isn’t quite a full-fledged audit yet, but you could be well on your way. There is also summons where the IRS is telling you; you need to show up in court. This is quite a bit worse for you, especially if you don’t have anyone on your side to navigate the legal waters.
If you receive any summons from the Internal Revenue Service, you should call me and let me walk you through what needs to be your next step. I’ve dealt with these kinds of things before and will know exactly where in the process the IRS is when it comes to your case. Being proactive in these situations can mean the difference between quick resolution, and dragging it out in the courts.