One of the Few: If the IRS is investigating you for back taxes, you’re one of the few. It is rare that people are criminally investigated by the IRS. But if there’s strong evidence of your crime, the IRS will send out it’s skilled police force. Especially if it’s involving more than $10,000 in taxes. So what do you need to know if you get a call from one of the IRS’s Special Agents?
Know your Enemy: The IRS’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is a force to be reckoned with. The IRS personnel working in this department are known as “Special Agents.” They are graduates of the FBI Academy, they know all the IRS procedures, and they have the full resources of the Federal Government to utilize. They are very skilled at finding unpaid taxpayers.
Found Guilty: Normal crime investigators investigate the Crime. IRS Special Agents are different. They investigate the suspect. For instance, if they suspect someone, they can investigate them thoroughly, even if a crime hasn’t occurred. With the IRS, you’re Guilty until Proven Innocent.
4 Steps Special Agents Take:
- Calling everyone around you: Watch what you tell your friends. When a Special Agent is investigating you, they may call your friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers, employees, bankers, insurance agents, business associates, even your spouse may be contacted. And if it applies, the Special Agents may call your Travel Agent, too.
- Phone Tap: The Special Agent can get a court order giving them permission to tap your phone lines.
- Accountants and Bankers: They’ll keep their mouths shut, right? Think again. The CID can be intimidating. Although they cannot outright threaten any action against your bank or Accountant for withholding information, the Special Agent’s subtle intimidation might make them squeal on you.
- Monitoring your mail: The Special Agents will not have the right to open your mail. But they will follow leads from return addresses. They can also get copies of bills from phone and credit card companies.
Last one in: If the CID is investigating you, you’re probably the last person they’re going to interview. By the time the CID gets in touch with you, they may have already spoken to plenty of witnesses and accessed plenty of proof against you. The Special Agent may contact you to extract a confession, but don’t forget your rights. You still have the right to remain silent. If you don’t know what to do, you can seek professional help.
Now You Have The Smoking Gun…Use it!