Tax attorney Rob Wood discusses a threat to an IRS agent that lead to a criminal conviction. The incident is the subject of Wood’s article in Forbes, "Man Convicted Over Threat To Kill IRS Agent---You Thought Your Audit Was Bad."
It all began, Wood explains, when a man received a request from the IRS requesting more time to process his audit. It is usually in a taxpayer’s best interest to accede to such a request, although a time limit can be set. “It’s easier if you have an accountant or a lawyer handling it,” Wood opines. A consent to extend is very common, but limitations are possible. Getting personally involved can lead taxpayers into difficulties.
The taxpayer was very stressed because of a divorce and the tax audit. In this case, the taxpayer “sort of went off the deep end” and made death threats by voicemail. He now faces up to twenty years in prison and, as Wood points out, his tax debts won’t go away. Threatening a federal employee is a serious offense.
For more information on the subject, please refer to Mr. Wood’s article in Forbes. Robert Wood is a tax attorney with Wood, LLP in San Francisco, California and spoke with The Tax Law Channel, an affiliate of The Legal Broadcast Network. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.