Recently I have had a few of my clients and potential clients call me very alarmed and disturbed by supposedly IRS Agents contacting them demanding payment and threatening with criminal prosecution if they did not comply.
I even had a client who contacted him and when he said he had representation and that I was working with the revenue officer giving their name. The scam artist then proceeded to say that the revenue officer had contacted them asking them to contact my client.
According to the IRS, these scams are being seen in every part of the country and they are urging people not to be deceived by them.
The IRS had formal processes in place for taxpayers with tax issues. They also adhere to and respect taxpayer’s rights.
These supposed IRS callers can be spotted by 5 easy ways. The IRS will never do the following:
- Call without first mailing you an official notice.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount you say you owe.
- 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.
- 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 from someone claiming to be the IRS and asking for money, here is what you should do:
- If you do owe unpaid taxes to the IRS you can contact them at 800-829-1040 to make arrangements or if you have representation, you can contact your representative.
- If you do not owe taxes and have no reason to believe that you do, you can report the incident to Treasury Inspector General (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or tigta.gov.
- If you have been targeted by this scam you can also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Compliant Assistant” at FTC.gov. The IRS asks that you add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your compliant.
The IRS also does not contact taxpayers by unsolicited e-mail or any other social media to discuss a personal tax issue.
If you are contacted Do Not give the solicitor any information, monies or credit/debit card numbers.
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