Does the IRS come to your house? What Taxpayers Need to Know in 2024


As a tax attorney, I often field questions from clients about the possibility of the IRS visiting their homes. The idea of a government agency showing up unannounced can be intimidating, leading to various concerns and misconceptions. In this blog post, we aim to provide a clear answer to the question: Does the IRS come to your house? We will also explore the various circumstances on why the IRS might pay you a visit at your residence.

Answered: Does the IRS come to your house?

Historically, yes, the IRS has had the authority to conduct unannounced visits to taxpayers’ homes, primarily through its revenue officers. However, significant changes were introduced in a press release dated July 24, 2023. This announcement marked a departure from the longstanding practice of unannounced visits.

Effective immediately, the IRS ended most unannounced visits to taxpayers by agency revenue officers, except in a few unique circumstances. This decision was part of a larger transformation effort aimed at reducing public confusion and enhancing overall safety measures for taxpayers and IRS employees.

Under the revised policy, taxpayers can expect to receive mailed letters to schedule meetings with IRS revenue officers, replacing the previous practice of unannounced visits. These scheduled meetings provide greater clarity and allow taxpayers to prepare adequately for their interactions with the IRS.

Why Would the IRS Come to My House?

The IRS may still visit your house in limited circumstances, which include:

  1. Service of summons and subpoenas.
  2. Sensitive enforcement activities involving asset seizure, especially those at risk of being placed beyond the reach of the government.

These situations typically occur less frequently than the previous practice of unannounced visits.

What to do if the IRS visits your home?

Regardless of the reason for an IRS visit, taxpayers have rights and protections under the law. It’s crucial to know and assert these rights, including the right to representation by a qualified tax professional. If the IRS intends to conduct an in-person interview or examination, you, as a taxpayer, have the right to request that the meeting take place at an IRS office or another neutral location.

If an IRS representative arrives at your doorstep, it’s important to verify their identity and purpose before providing any information or allowing access to your home. Ask for their official credentials and a contact number to verify their status with the IRS. Remain calm and cooperative while asserting your rights and consider consulting with a tax attorney or enrolled agent for guidance.

Recent policy changes have significantly altered the IRS’s approach to visiting taxpayers’ homes. Understanding these changes is crucial for taxpayers to navigate their tax affairs confidently. By staying informed and knowing your rights as a taxpayer, you can ensure a smoother interaction with the IRS.

If you have any questions or concerns about IRS procedures or your tax situation, don’t hesitate to call us at  (305) 564-9199 for a free and confidential consultation.

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