by Michael Lodge
Over the last few days our office has received calls from various clients that are receiving bully calls from people saying they are from the IRS – scammers. At the end of every tax season scammers are out there trying to get as much information about you, some of the information obtain is from companies being hacked or even bad management of your own personal files. Scammers get your information from so many sources that they try the next step – if they can bully you into believing they are from the IRS. There is even now a scam running it’s course on student loans – pay up or go to jail. So let’s go over some of the rules of dealing with these scams.
The IRS will never:
- 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. The IRS does not have a PayPal account nor do they use Western Union or other money transfer places. They have their own collection method.
- 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:
- Do not give out any information. Do not give them the last 4 of your SSN. Hang up immediately.
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
These are simple rules to follow. Do not fall for being bullied into giving information. Remember the two key words – HANG UP.
If you do owe money to the IRS you will receive written letter from the IRS but never a phone call until you call them. If you did not receive any letter from the IRS do not answer any questions from a phone call. If you want our office to look into your tax issue we will do it, all you have to do is call us at: 877.778.1770.
If you have any further questions on this issue please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org