Straight out of a soap opera script, the IRS appears to be facing its own public relations nightmare in the form of a sex scandal. A Huffington Post article titled “Vincent Burroughs Accuses IRS Agent Dora Abrahamson of Coercing Sex by Using Threat of Tax Penalty“ reveals the details of a salacious and inappropriate meeting between IRS agent and taxpayer under audit.
It appears agent Dora Abrahamson initially contacted Vincent Burroughs, 40, of Fall Creek, OR (who has subsequently filed a lawsuit in federal court in Eugene) about an audit in August 2011. She allegedly told Burroughs that “she knew who he was, and that it was lucky for him that this was the case, and that they should meet.”
Agent Abrahamson continued her contact with Burroughs by flirting with him over the telephone and through text messages. The lawsuit alleges Abrahamson went so far as to offer Burroughs massages and sent him a photo of herself in her underwear. Burroughs maintains that he initially ignored her advances, but as stated in the lawsuit, surrendered to her after Abrahamson arrived at his home in September 2011 “provocatively attired” and threatening a 40% tax audit penalty if she didn’t get what she wanted.
An IRS spokesman said he was not able to comment on the lawsuit or whether Abrahamson was still employed by the agency.
This IRS agent is clearly not representative of the hard-working, IRS agents and examiners who handle their audit cases with professional respectability and aplomb. That being said, taxpayers need to have a healthy fear of an IRS agent who contacts them at their home about an IRS audit.
From a previous Tax Matters blog post about understanding an IRS audit letter, here are four IRS audit facts to help you understand why you need skilled tax representation if ever you are asked to meet an IRS agent face to face:
- IRS audits occur for many reasons and are often random.
- The IRS can audit you by mail (correspondence audit) in their offices, (field audit) or in your office or home (office audit). General rule of thumb: face to face audits are generally pretty serious.
- The IRS asks about 54 interview questions at the initial meeting that seem innocent enough. Taxpayers must answer them truthfully without raising any red flags or “talking too much.”
- Tax examiners are trained to look for mistakes that often lead to further questioning that could result in payment of more in taxes to the IRS.
Sadly, people who go into an IRS audit without proper tax representation are often not truthful in their responses or they get nervous and “talk too much.” Don’t let this happen to you!
If you are currently under audit or have other tax troubles the good news is that tax relief is available. Contact an expert tax attorney or certified tax resolution specialist with expertise handling cases such as yours who will go before the IRS on your behalf. These tax experts will take over all IRS communication and help you resolve these IRS tax problems for good. Perhaps, Mr. Burroughs could have avoided this mess if he would have contacted a qualified tax professional after receiving his IRS audit letter in the mail.
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