The Internal Revenue Service did not always follow its own internal guidelines for notifying taxpayer representatives of the filing of a Notice of Federal Tax Lien against their clients, according to a new report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that after filing Notices of Federal Tax Liens, the IRS must notify the affected taxpayers in writing, at their last known address, within five business days of the lien filings. However, the IRS did not always adhere to its own guidelines for notifying their representatives of the tax lien filing, which can cause additional burden to those taxpayers who rely on a representative to handle tax matters, TIGTA pointed out.

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