IRS Customs Hold – An Enforcement Tool For Delinquent Taxpayers

IRS Customs Hold

IRS Customs Hold

IRS revenue officers can request an IRS customs hold to be entered into the Treasury Enforcement Communication System (TECS) for delinquent taxpayers. Once a taxpayer is entered into TECS, the US Department of Homeland Security notifies the IRS whenever the taxpayer travels into the United States.

The IRS has stated that the IRS customs hold is one of the most effective enforcement tools available to them in dealing with international delinquent taxpayers. IRS international revenue officers use information obtained from an IRS customs hold to attempt to contact the delinquent taxpayer while they are in the US and to locate the taxpayer’s assets.

A taxpayer is notified with Letter 4106, Letter Advising Taxpayer of Department of Homeland Security Notification, that an international revenue officer has taken action to advise Homeland Security that a taxpayer has outstanding tax liabilities and that this may result in an interview by a Customs and Border Protection Officer if the taxpayer attempts to enter the United States. Homeland Security is permitted to stop delinquent taxpayers identified on TECS to collect their contact information of where they will be staying while in the US.


 

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If you are a delinquent taxpayer with unfiled tax returns or delinquent FBARs, the time to take action is now before the IRS finds you first.

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