A Word Concerning IRS Scams.
Taxation NewsJune 27, 2017
In today’s world it seems that we continually hear about IRS scams. One of the more current scams involves taxpayers being called by imposter IRS representatives and being demanded to make immediate tax payments by using a prepaid debit card. The taxpayer is told that certified letters addressed to them have been returned as ‘undeliverable’ and they must make immediate tax payments without contact with their tax preparer or attorney. Taxpayers are told that they face immediate arrest if these payments are not made.
The IRS states that for taxpayers who do not owe any taxes and has no reason to believe that they do, do not give out any information and hang up on the caller immediately. If you have reason to believe that you may owe tax, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 and ask for assistance.
The IRS wishes to remind taxpayers that it will never; use email, text messaging or social media for discussion of tax matters, threaten immediate arrest or bring in local law enforcement, demand payment without allowing taxpayers to question or appeal any tax due, or request any credit or debit card information over the telephone.
Taxpayers should be extremely vigilant regarding any telephone communication from the Internal Revenue Service and contact their tax professional or the IRS directly at the above listed telephone number.