IRS Issues Warning for Telephone Scams

The IRS has issued another strong warning for taxpayers regarding sophisticated phone scams.  The IRS provided that if a tax balance is due, the IRS will always send a written notification of tax due through the mail.  Additionally, the IRS emphasized that an agent will never ask for credit or debit card information over the telephone.

The IRS offered the following as common examples of these scams:
• Scammers indicating the taxpayer owes money immediately or late penalties will continue to increase
• Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
• Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

If you receive a suspicious call or e-mail and are unsure if you owe additional taxes, make sure to immediately contact your tax advisor or the IRS (1-800-829-1040).  If you believe that you’ve been targeted by a scammer, then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (1-800-366-4484).

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