When the IRS comes after you for owning taxes or for some other tax collection reason, it can be intimidating. At Ronald Arthur Stearns Sr. PPLC, we understand the stress this can cause you and want to help you learn what to expect in the coming days.

Dealing with the IRS is not always easy, especially if you do not have a good grasp on your rights and IRS practices.


You should expect that when the IRS determines you owe it money for taxes that it will impose penalties and interest on your account. You can and should try to negotiate for a reduction of those imposed fees.

You can also negotiate how much you owe depending on the facts of your case. You can often get it lowered at least somewhat.

Of course, to conduct proper negotiations, you will need to get your files and information from the IRS. You may have to order them, but the IRS should supply you with the information you need if you make the requests properly and know what to request.


It is important that you learn about your options for defending yourself against the IRS. You may have a special circumstance that allows you to seek forgiveness of the debt, such as innocent spouse relief. There may also be options, such as payment plans, that you can use.

It is helpful if you understand whether the IRS can even collect the debt and the rules for filing the past due taxes or an amendment. You must understand the facts of your case and whether the claims from the IRS are based on facts and the law.

Find out more about tax collections by visiting our website.