If you owe the IRS and it's grown quiet, no notices for a long while, your'e likely “concerned”.
This concern is driving a need to find out what's going on with your account.
But…you're also concerned about waking the “sleeping giant”.
There is a way to do this, get an update and avoid awakening the giant…but, there is one thing to understand before reading more about it…
The IRS collection system is already looking for you
It's not as if someone calls the IRS and a human is dispatched to the scene….”Jake…we've found Amy. She called. Go to her house and take her stuff.”
The IRS is just a giant system… and one that's always collecting new information about you. W-2 forms, 941 forms, 1099 forms, tax returns, etc. etc. Anything that is filed with your name and SSN gets plugged in and the system re-directs it's notices based on the new info.
So back to the way to accomplish learning more without up creating a frozen account the next day.
Allow your Attorney to contact the IRS Practitioner Priority Service and ask it some questions.
The IRS Practitioner Priority Service is a “bat-line” of sorts that the IRS set up for accountants, attorneys, and enrolled agents so that they could find out some information about account activity without having to contact IRS collections.
These calls aren't supposed to trigger a world wide search by the collection side of the IRS.
The employees at the practitioner service have no connection to the IRS collection section and they aren't IRS Revenue Officers.
If the IRS begins contacting you just after a call to the Practitioner Priority Service it's because coincidence is a real thing…OR the power of attorney submitted by the Attorney contained an updated address for you… that the IRS' system didn't previously have.
Again, that updated address causes the system to divert the notices it was sending elsewhere to the new address.
This is the reason people think that calling the Practitioner Priority Service wakes the giant, but the Practitioner Priority Service just answers phone calls, faxes documents, and provides info.
Important info like:
- The time left until the debt goes away. (CSED – See Above)
- Whether your account is actually with collections and is being actively collected on.
- Whether you are still in IRS Non-Collectible Status.
- Whether any final notice of intent to levy has issued telling you whether the IRS can collect.
- Whether the large payments you made are showing up in the system.
- What the amount of the debt is.
- What the amount of interest and penalty is.
- Whether your debt meets date requirements for bankruptcy.
- Whether you have missing tax returns and whether the IRS has filed returns for you.
- All reported income and related (to help you complete the necessary, missing returns)
- What the Account Transcript for each year looks like so that we can verify the above.
If you know that the debt is lingering…and you have the same address now as was on your last return, w-2, 1099, 941…the benefit that might come from learning some or all of the above, will usually outweigh the risk that a call to Practitioner Priority Service will do you harm.