posted on Nov, 14 2008 @ 11:34 AM
welcome to my world.
first rule in dealing with the irs. call early. very early.
If you can't get thru on the main number, hit the website and look up the taxpayer advocate's office, that might be an easier means of getting
the thing you need to understand is that the IRS has one system for collection it runs on a cycle so the statement you received might have been sent
out before they updated to show the payment was taken from the stimulus check.
Dealing with the IRS can be rather easy, provided you remember a few things. First, if you get someone on the phone who seems to have an attitude,
hang up. The last thing you need is an agent on an ego trip. Second, they are nowhere near as knowledgeable as they claim to be. I'm constantly
reminding them of the rules and regulations when I am dealing with audits. Third, they are limited in their technology. They tend to be a few years
behind the curve in their technology and, as such, their systems are not exactly integrated. I've sent letters, received corrections, made payments
etc and still received bills showing old, unadjusted balances due. Sometimes it takes months (or in one case 8 years) to fix a problem.
The key is to remember that, while they are working for the enemy, they are just doing their job. The ones who let their job boost their ego are the
ones you avoid. The others, they just want to go do what is asked of them and collect their paycheck.
My two favorite dealings with the IRS, in a nutshell:
1. an agent who told me the IRS gets their computers from Ed's Bait and Computer Shack when he was unable to explain why his system was showing one
thing and collections was showing something else.
2. a sweet woman from the virgin islands, named Luz Moron, who helped me deal with an IRS error that resulted in an 8 year issue. The net overpayment
due my client was about $4000, which we wanted applied to the current year taxes. They said we owed about $10,000 as a result of a glitch in their
system thanks to an audit that we won. A hurricane destroyed Ms. Moron's office, making 8 years worth of paperwork disappear. The client ended up
receiving close to $100,000 in refunds, including interest. We never did figure out why and they never asked for it back - this was more than ten