‘I am an IRS agent, I can be at and go into anyone’s house at any time I want to be.’
An IRS special agent lied to gain entry to a woman’s home, used a fake name and threatened to put a lien on her home even though she was in full compliance with the law and didn’t owe anything.
When the agent was asked to leave, he replied: “I am an IRS agent, I can be at and go into anyone’s house at any time I want to be.”
The incident occurred on April 25, 2023 in Marion, Ohio. Details of the case are contained in a June 16 letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R – Ohio.)
Congressional Democrats and President Biden recently increased the size and power of the IRS without providing new protections for taxpayers or reform of the agency’s internal culture of disregard for due process and taxpayer privacy. The IRS job board recently posted job openings for IRS armed agents in all 50 states.
Excerpt from the June 16 letter to the IRS Commissioner:
The details of this field visit are bizarre. On April 25, 2023, an IRS agent—who identified himself as ‘Bill Haus’ with the IRS’s Criminal Division—visited the home of a taxpayer in Marion, Ohio. Agent ‘Haus’ informed the taxpayer he was at her home to discuss issues concerning an estate for which the taxpayer was the fiduciary. After Agent ‘Haus’ shared details about the estate only the IRS would know, the taxpayer let him in. Agent ‘Haus’ told the taxpayer that she did not properly complete the filings for the estate and that she owed the IRS ‘a substantial amount.’ Prior to the visit, however, the taxpayer had not received any notice from the IRS of an outstanding balance on the estate.
“During the visit, the taxpayer told Agent ‘Haus’ that the estate was resolved in January 2023, and provided him with proof that she had paid all taxes for the decedent’s estate. At this point, Agent ‘Haus’ revealed that the true purpose of his visit was not due to any issue with the decedent’s estate, but rather because the decedent allegedly had several delinquent tax return filings. Agent ‘Haus’ provided several documents to the taxpayer for her to fill out, which included sensitive information about the decedent.
“The taxpayer called her attorney who immediately and repeatedly asked Agent ‘Haus’ to leave the taxpayer’s home. Agent ‘Haus’ responded aggressively, insisting: ‘I am an IRS agent, I can be at and go into anyone’s house at any time I want to be.’ Before finally leaving the taxpayer’s property, Agent ‘Haus’ said he would mail paperwork to the taxpayer, and threatened that she had one week to satisfy the remaining balance or he would freeze all her assets and put a lean on her house.
“On May 4, 2023, the taxpayer spoke with the supervisor of Agent ‘Haus,’ who clarified nothing was owed on the estate. The supervisor even admitted to the taxpayer that ‘things never should have gotten this far.’ On May 5, 2023, however, the taxpayer received a letter from the IRS— the first and only written notice the taxpayer received of the decedent’s delinquent tax filings—addressed to the decedent, which stated the decedent was delinquent on several 1040 filings. On May 15, 2023, the taxpayer spoke again with supervisor of Agent ‘Haus,’ who told the taxpayer to disregard the May 5 letter because nothing was due. On May 30, 2023, the taxpayer received a letter from the IRS that the case had been closed.
“This behavior from an IRS agent to an American taxpayer—providing an alias, using deception to secure entry into the taxpayer’s home, and then filing an Inspector General complaint against a police officer examining that matter—is highly concerning. As the Committee continues to examine how to best protect Americans’ fundamental freedoms and to assist the Committee in its oversight, we ask that you please provide the following documents and information:
1. All documents and communications referring or relating to the IRS’s field visit to the residence of taxpayer [redacted] on April 25, 2023, located at [redacted], including but not limited to the IRS’s reasons for conducting the field visit and prior efforts to contact taxpayer [redacted];
2. All documents and communications between or among the IRS, Treasury Department, and any other Executive Branch entity referring or relating to the IRS’s field visit to [redacted] residence, [redacted] role as executor of the estate of decedent [redacted], [redacted] estate, or outstanding balances or taxes owed by decedent [redacted];
3. All documents and communications sent or received by Agent [redacted] referring or relating to the taxpayer [redacted], Officer [redacted] of MPD, Major [redacted] of MPD, the decedent [redacted], or [redacted] estate.
“Please produce all documents and information as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2023. In addition, please treat these discovery obligations as ongoing and applicable to any information generated after receipt of this letter.”
[End of Excerpt]
This is yet another example of a peculiar, unannounced home visit from an IRS special agent in 2023.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audits have long documented the agency’s callous disregard for taxpayer rights. The IRS must provide immediate answers to Congress and to the American people.