IRS ends unannounced visits to taxpayers
Except for a few unique circumstances, unannounced visits will immediately end and be replaced with mailed letters.
The IRS on Monday said it is ending its decades-long practice of agency revenue officers making unannounced visits to taxpayers, citing concerns over agent safety and an increase in scammers.
Unarmed agency employees would visit homes and businesses to collect unpaid taxes and unfiled tax returns. Except for a few unique circumstances, unannounced visits will immediately end and be replaced with mailed letters for taxpayers to schedule meetings, the IRS said.
"The growth in scam artists bombarding taxpayers has increased confusion about home visits by IRS revenue officers. Sometimes scam artists appear at the door posing as IRS agents, creating confusion for not just the taxpayers living there but local law-enforcement," the agency said in an announcement about the new policy.
IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel said the visits created anxiety for both taxpayers and agency employees.
Funding allocated to the IRS for the next 10 years under the Inflation Reduction Act will also add more staffers to focus on "compliance work," the IRS also said.
The decision to limit home visits is part of the IRS Strategic Operating Plan, which was launched in April following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.