The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that it’s boosting its face-to-face meetings with high-income taxpayers who’ve failed to timely file tax returns in 2018 or previous years. The agency also warns taxpayers to file, even if they can’t pay potential taxes due.
Paul Mamo, Director of Collection Operations in the Small Business/Self Employed Division, said in a statement the visits are meant “to ensure taxpayers know their options to get right with their taxes and avoid bigger issues later.”
Following the recent and ongoing hiring of more enforcement personnel, IRS revenue officers across the country will increase face-to-face visits with high-income non-filers taxpayers who generally received income in excess of $100,000 during a tax year and did not file a tax return with the IRS.
“Taxpayers who exercise their best efforts in filing their tax returns and paying or entering into agreements to pay their taxes deserve to know that the IRS is aggressively pursuing others who have failed to satisfy their filing and payment obligations,” the agency said in a statement.
2019 tax return are due by April 15 regardless of whether a taxpayer can pay in full—if taxes are owed, the IRS said.
“Six-month filing extensions are also available, although that does not extend the April deadline for paying any taxes owed.”
Mamo said that taxpayers having delinquent filing or payment obligations “should consult a competent tax advisor before waiting to be contacted by an IRS revenue officer. “It is always worthwhile to take advantage of various methods of getting back into filing or payment compliance before being personally contacted by the IRS.”