IRS tax scams are on the rise. Consequently it is important to use extreme caution when viewing emails and receiving telephone calls purportedly from the IRS. The most important thing to point out is that the IRS will NEVER send you an email or call you directly regarding a balance due or saying you are eligible for a refund. The IRS ALWAYS communicates through the US Postal Service. In addition the IRS will NEVER ask for PINs or passwords to access any type of financial information. Following is some information on current IRS scams.
Potential victims have received phone calls from a person claiming to be an IRS agent who may even provide a name and IRS badge number. The name is often very common and the badge numbers are fake. This caller may even know the last four digits of your social security number. Your caller ID may even say “Internal Revenue Service”. The caller may tell you that you are entitled to a refund or that you owe taxes that must be paid immediately. The caller may try a variety of tactics including threatening arrest, your utilities being shut off and your driver’s license being revoked. They may even call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles and, again, the caller ID appears to support their claim.
If you should receive a call described above, immediately hang up and call us to confirm you have no outstanding tax due. We recommend you also call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
Anyone targeted by this scam should also file a complaint with the Federal Trade commission using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov and adding “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments portion of the complaint.
Should you receive an e-mail indicating it is from the IRS, do not open any attachments. Forward the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us to discuss.