IRS scammers continue to pretend to be the IRS and target taxpayers. There are various ways thieves try to scam individuals, but the most common scams are via telephone or email.
These thieves usually say the taxpayer owed money and then proceed to demand money immediately. They also say that are due a refund which is used to lure the victims into giving their bank account info over the phone. Be careful!
The IRS won’t:
- Call you demanding immediate payment, asking you to use specific payment such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Usually, the IRS first sends you a bill to those who owe taxes and payment is always to the United States Treasury.
- Threaten the taxpayer to have the individual arrested or involve the police.
- Demand payment without giving the taxpayer an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you receive a call and you don’t owe any tax, you should:
- Contact TIGTA and report it: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
- Report the incident to the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
If you don’t know whether you owe any taxes, you can view your tax account information to find out: https://www.irs.gov/uac/view-your-tax-account
You should also watch out for emails and websites looking to steal your information. Emails can link to websites that look real but are not. Thieves want to get victims to give up their personal and financial info. They can use it to steal money and/or personal identity.
If you receive a phishing email:
- Don’t respond to the message.
- Don’t send personal or financial information to them.
- Forward the email to email@example.com. After, delete the email.
- Don’t open any attachments or click on links within the email.
If you do owe the IRS and need help dealing with the IRS, contact us. We are experts at handling tax debt and understand the ins and outs of how the IRS works.