There is a telephone scam happening where people claiming to be the IRS are calling innocent victims and telling them they owe money, which must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or a wire transfer. Do not fall victim to this IRS phone scam!
These scam artists are not only tricky, but they are also known to be nasty – it has been reported by some who refuse that they are threatened with jail time, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. This is not the IRS calling!
It is important to note that the IRS will never:
- Call you about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill.
- Call demanding an immediate payment.
- Require you to pay taxes without letting you ask questions or appeal.
- Request that you use a specific payment method (i.e. prepaid debit car or wire transfer).
- Ask for credit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to have you arrested for not paying.
According to the Treasury Inspector General’s office, more than 3,000 people nationwide have fallen for IRS scams since 2013. If you get a call from someone who claims they are the IRS and are asking for a payment, here’s what you can do:
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission: www.FTC.gov.
- Call the Treasury Inspector General’s for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 to file an IRS Impersonation Scam Report.
If you do owe back taxes in the New England area and need expert tax resolution support, call our office at (855) 479-2400 so we can explain your options.
For more information about tax scams, please visit the IRS here.