The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning against scammers who claim to be calling from the IRS. Scam artists try to extract information from tax payers under the guise of verifying tax return information or receiving payment over the phone. The IRS does not contact tax payers over the phone to request information or immediate payment without having sent prior requests in writing.
The following tactics are likely scams:
• Demand for immediate payment over the phone.
• Identity verification via personal and/or financial information
• Demand for tax payment without having the opportunity to question or appeal the amount claimed to be owed.
• Requirement to use prepaid debit card for payment.
• Request for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threats regarding police or other law enforcement involvement for non-payment.
If you are contacted regarding any of these items, hang up immediately and do not provide any information. You can report such activity via the TIGTA website. To get more information and alerts about tax related scams, visit the IRS website.
If you have any questions about a notice you received, contact the IRS directly, or call us for additional guidance.