New IRS seizure procedures.

 
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The Internal Revenue Service now requires higher level staff to approve seizures of property for nonpayment of federal taxes.

According to information release 97-46, all proposed seizures must be approved by an IRS district collection division chief In addition, district directors must approve all seizures that involve a taxpayer's residence, its contents or perishable goods. Before this announcement, an IRS group manager could approve most seizures; district directors had to approve principal residence seizures.

IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti said the higher level of approval for...

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