Originally Posted by Fist 666
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my local irs is incredibly helpful and have told me better people to talk to when facing something beyond their scope.
if you feel they are doing you wrong, get the agent's number and know that each conversation you have with an irs agent is recorded to protect YOU the civilian from issues mentioned. what cilone said.
unless your shit is incredibly complex, which it doesn't sound like, you can save yourself money. if an accountant fucks up and you get audited--you don't get to not pay. if your get help from the IRS, you can retrieve the conversation and guidance given and have a better chance of keeping your money.
if you follow some of the more well known tax cases of the last 50 years or so, you'll find that IRS agents, police and all government agents in general are immune from prosecution on the 'advice' they give.
my point is you MIGHT get a right answer, and you might not.
i personally know of many cases where people specifically asked police if something was legal, and they were arrested for doing what they were told was legal. i also know of people who were told one thing by the IRS, they complied, and were still taken to court. a family member once had numerous conversations with an IRS office to maintain compliance with IRS code, they followed their advice and were hit with penalties the very next year for the same thing the IRS office previously told them to do. they literally can do what they want, because every single aspect of the IRS code and laws in general are up to interpretation. they wont even answer you with a straight face when asked the question: 'what is income?' they term their procedures 'voluntary compliance.' it might as well be something out of an orwell novel.
point being: they can tell you whatever they want to. the advice might be right, and it might be wrong. there is no conceivable way an IRS agent can know all the tens of thousands of pages of the code. state agents have legal authority to lie to you and be immune from any consequences. any competent lawyer will tell you to never talk to police or agents. anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. some people might question advice that comes from them. others might not. to each their own. but just remember, when they haul your ass to court the old 'the IRS told me to do this....' argument doesnt work.
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.