The IRS is warning the public about aggressive phone threat scams. This new scam is one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months.
The phone scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. They are preying on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants, and those who primary language is not English.
We at Fair, Anderson and Langerman want to remind you how the IRS will get in contact with you.
The IRS will never
- Call to demand immediate payment. Nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a pre-paid debit card.
- Ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you do receive a phone call and think you might owe, you are urged to call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. If you know that you do not owe, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance and remember to never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know.
Fair, Anderson & Langerman