In an unprecedented hiring move, the IRS is bringing on board almost 2.000 new Revenue Officers, starting this fall (2009). This is a 35% increase in high level IRS collection enforcement staffing.
The ramp up will entail over 1,000 new Revenue Officers in the fall, with another 350 coming on board in 2010 and then 500 slated to begin in 2011.
The focus on Revenue Officers is significant as they are the best trained and most aggressive IRS collection agents. Revenue Officers live in your city, and come to your house or business as an enforcement method. They have the most power to investigate your finances, and levy or seize your assets if there is a lack of cooperation.
The IRS enforcement initiative will likely be focused on employment tax problems, non-filers and those who owe the IRS year after year. It is better to plan in advance and get your ducks lined up before the IRS comes knocking.