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Reminders for Tax Season – Beware of Tax Scammers

Unfortunately, this time of the year scammers impersonate employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in attempt to gain information and payment from unaware citizens. Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
A quick reminder, here are five things that scammers often do, but the IRS will not do.
The IRS will not:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed 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 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 get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040, and the IRS employee can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or report it online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Page.

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant. If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the Comments section.

The IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. 
Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Twitter, where people can search “scam” to find the related posts.
Thank You,

Richard D. Ackley, Jr., Chairman,
Board of Directors
Aging & Disability Resource Center of the Northwoods, Crandon, WI