The Alabama State Department of Revenue is warning its taxpayers about an increased incidence of tax-related scam phone calls that surprisingly come from the New York area code. The person on the phone tells people that they owe taxes to the state of Alabama and insists that this liability is satisfied immediately – same old trick that the IRS already reported. However, tax criminals are still out there, they just switched to the state level now.
If you are a taxpayer who works, lives, or just has to pay taxes in Alabama, keep in mind that the state taxing authorities don’t call people unexpectedly with a request to full pay their taxes. The Alabama Department of Revenue communicates with its taxpayers via mail to send any notices and letters regarding an unpaid balance. Although it is important to pay attention to all these notices, the most serious ones are usually issued by the state Collection Services Division that is a branch of Alabama Department of Revenue. Its main duty is to collect past due taxes. The typical three types of the state collection activities are wage garnishment, levy of a taxpayer’s bank account, and seizure of property. However, the state representative won’t call you to yell about your past due liability over the phone; instead, you will receive a notice about the state collection action.
Even if you received a letter that looks like an official state document it is still a good idea to call the state before making any payments to make sure that your state taxation agent really tried to contact you. The phone number of the Alabama State Department of Revenue is 334-242-1170. This is the state general information line, where you can ask questions about your tax balance, filed returns, and whether or not your state tax case is assigned to the state Collection Services Division. To report any suspicious activity to the state dial 334-242-3012.