IRS and Telephone Scams

Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The IRS has always been a target for scams.  Recently, the scams have been telephone calls to taxpayers.  The caller will claim to work for the IRS and will demand payment of taxes immediately or will threaten action such as arrest, deportation or license revocation.  Usually, the caller will have some identifying information which “proves” the authenticity of the caller as an IRS agent.  Do not be fooled.  The caller is a scam artist!  Do not fall victim to the scam artist by giving out more personal information like your bank account, credit card, etc.

What should you do if this happens to you?  Do not respond to the scam artist at all.  Hang up!  Yes, hang up!  Contact your tax professional for assistance.  You can call the IRS to inquire about your account status.  If you call the IRS, then you know you are speaking to a real agent.

Remember, the IRS will always send correspondence in the form of a letter to the taxpayer.  This will occur multiple times if the taxpayer is truly delinquent.  The IRS may send certified letters stating there will be a levy placed on the taxpayer’s assets.  The IRS can place a garnishment on your paycheck.  However, unless the taxpayer makes telephone contact with the IRS, the IRS will not contact the taxpayer by telephone and these steps will occur via letter.  For more information from the IRS website, you can link on the following link, http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Phone-Scams-Continue-to-be-Serious-Threat-and-Remain-on-IRS-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-for-the-2015-Filing-Season.

Remember, for your own well-being, you should hang up!

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