Beware of IRS tax scams
IRS tax season scams are becoming more common and more sophisticated. As we move deeper into tax season, it is essential to know a few things about the IRS so that you don't get scammed.
Here are a few things the IRS will NEVER do:
1. The IRS will NEVER initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
2. The IRS will NEVER call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
3. The IRS will NEVER demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
4. The IRS will NEVER threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status.
What you should do if a scammer contacts you
1. If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
2. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at tigta.gov.
You can find out more about IRS scams at this website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts
I have listed the IRS phone numbers for you below.
TTY/TDD for people with hearing impairments
Remember to stay diligent, stay informed, stay aware, and stay skeptical when online.