Was It the IRS Who Just Called You?

Telephone Tax ScamsOn October 31, 2014 the IRS once again warned all American taxpayers about continuous aggressive tax-related phone scams. The Service posted a new YouTube video, emphasizing the importance of being very careful to avoid becoming a victim of this crime.

Tax scammers are being more and more creative. You still may get a phone call regarding a so-called tax liability that has to be paid right now over the phone, but this is becoming old. Many taxpayers are now aware of this trick and will most likely not fall for it.

The new trap is a phone call from a tax scammer who tells you that you are due a refund, and can get it deposited on your bank account right away if you provide your information. As always, the person calling you will already have some of your information available, which might make this conversation very convincing. If you simply don’t pick up the phone, you might receive a voice message with a request to call back due to an “urgent” matter.

Be aware of these calls and don’t engage in a phone discussion about your taxes or other personal financial matters. If there is a possibility that you owe back taxes, and that the person on the phone might be from the IRS, the best thing to do is to write down this officer’s contact information, including name, address, IRS badge number, phone and the name of his/her supervisor, and promise to call back. In a meantime, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and ask about the status of your case and obtain contact information for the office that is assigned to it. If these two pieces of information match, call the IRS back to discuss your case. You can also hire a tax resolution professional at this stage, such as 20/20 Tax Resolution, to do it on your behalf.

If, as a result of this investigation, you will realize that you got a phone call from a scammer, report it to the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration. You can do it by sending an email at http://www.tigta.gov, or by calling this office at 1-800-366-4484.


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