Why the IRS Shouldn't Literally Be Knocking at Your Door

The IRS is changing a longstanding practice that involved collecting tax debts through tens of thousands of unannounced home visits.

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The IRS won’t likely be making unannounced home visits to collect unpaid taxes as they have for years. The decision to change the practice of showing up at taxpayers' houses without notice has been described by IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel as a "common-sense step." 

Previously, revenue officers might have conducted tens of thousands of unannounced visits to taxpayers’ homes, according to the IRS. Now, as the agency eliminates most of those visits, that number is expected to drop, considerably, to a few hundred per year.

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

As the senior tax editor at Kiplinger.com, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.