IRS Phone Scams

Updated: May 21, 2019

The IRS is warning taxpayers again, about a new twist on an old “Phone Scams” as criminals use telephone numbers that mimic IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) to trick taxpayers into paying non-existent tax bills.

In the latest version of the phone scam, criminals claim to be calling from a local IRS TAC office. Scam artists have programmed their computers to display the TAC telephone number, which appears on the taxpayer's Caller ID when the call is made.


Usually this shows up as a phone call (caller ID on your phone) from the Internal Revenue Service or United State Treasury.


If you did not get any notices in the mail, 99.9% of the time they are from Criminals (phone scammers).


IMPORTANT NOTE:


The IRS does not:


1. Demand the use of a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will not ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone. If a taxpayer owes taxes, make payments to the United States Treasury or review IRS.gov/ payments for IRS online options.


The IRS does not:

2. Demand that taxpayers pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill if the taxpayer owes any taxes.


The IRS does not:

3. Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.


4. The IRS also cannot revoke a driver's license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.


Should you received a letter from Internal Revenue Service (called and noted as a “CP Notice”, then you might get a phone call concerning Collection Process (but you will always receive a notice first), if you did not contact the agency back and arrange payment/s.


Phone calls without a CP Notice received normally means it is a Phone Scam and not from the Internal Revenue Service. This is also true concerning phone call from the State of Florida (you would receive a notice first before phone contact is made).


All Payments made to the Internal Revenue Service should be paid by Check (business or personal), do not write the letters “IRS” on the check….spell out the words “Internal Revenue Service” or “U. S. Treasury”.


Call us should you think you are being contacted by any tax agency, before taking any action.


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