Generally, IRS sends a letter or a notice via regular mail notifying a Taxpayer of a potential visit. Nonetheless, IRS may also show up unannounced at the Taxpayer’s home or place of business. IRS wants Taxpayers to understand the reasons for IRS representative visits, and how to be sure that they are indeed IRS representatives. To that end, in April 2017, IRS released “tips” regarding how Taxpayers may determine if IRS is really knocking at the door. It released these tips based on the amount of phone and in-person scams that take place across the U.S.