Step 1: Information you need
The goal of completing an investigation is to reveal what your situation is at the IRS. Using the information you collect during your investigation will help you choose the best Roadmap for resolving your tax issues.
It is important to discuss every entity associated with your name. An entity is yourself, your current spouse (if applicable), and any business you are associated with. In order for the IRS to give you information, they will need to identify you over the phone by asking a series of questions.
Have the following information readily available:
Personal (and spouse) Information
- Home address
- Social Security Number (SSN)
- Date of Birth
- Filing status (single, married filing joint, married filing separate, head of household)
- Full business name
- Business address
- Employer Identification number (EIN)
If you will be discussing your Spouse’s tax information with the IRS, it is important to have him/her on the phone with you so their identity can be properly verified.
Although not required, it is recommended that you have a fax number available so the IRS can send you documents immediately. This will be useful when requesting Wage and Income documents, as well as other necessary transcripts. Alternatively, documents you request from the IRS will be to your home address in 7-10 business days.
Each document the IRS sends will likely be multiple pages. For example, a complex Tax Return Transcript or Wage and Income Transcript can be upwards of 20 pages! Find a fax machine that is affordable.
Download: Discovery Guide
Use this form to ask the proper questions and collect all the information you need.
Letters received from IRS
Although not required, it’s helpful to have any IRS letters you received pertaining to a tax owed, audit information, under-reporting, or any other type of delinquency.