2016 IRS Tax Scams to Avoid

IRS Scam

As you’ve read in our previous blogs (here and here), the IRS reminds taxpayers once again about the ways scammers attempt to obtain your personal information. They are now changing tactics and reaching out to taxpayers via the telephone, asking to verify details on your tax return. The scammers attempt to obtain your personal information, such as your social security number. The IRS is reminding taxpayers once again to never give information out over the phone.

As a reminder to clients and taxpayers, the IRS will NEVER:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
  • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
  • Demand you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say is owed.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or email.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for non-payment.

If you do receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, it is important to follow these steps:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” on their website.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission on FTC.Gov

If you think you could potentially owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Please let us know if we can be of assistance and remember to never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know.