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Friday, August 7, 2015
More Warning from the IRS on Tax Scams
Warning from the IRS on Tax Scams
efforts of some of the more undesirable elements of our society continue to
apply their ingenuity to efforts at defrauding people through schemes linked to
the IRS and the federal tax code. The IRS has again warned about how these
schemes are perpetrated and what taxpayers can do to reduce their risk.
text of the most recent notice from the IRS is as follows:
Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies
Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls
IR-2014-84, Aug. 28, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued
a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect
themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the
These callers may demand money or may say you have
a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con
artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and
they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They
use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer,
they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
“These telephone scams are being seen in every
part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening
phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in
place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these
angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty
easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers
often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale
sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
1.Call to demand immediate
payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a
2.Demand that you pay taxes
without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say
3.Require you to use a
specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4.Ask for credit or debit
card numbers over the phone.
5.Threaten to bring in
local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to
be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
·If you know you owe taxes
or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can
help you with a payment issue.
·If you know you don’t owe
taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or
·You can file a complaint
using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then
“Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS,
include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited
email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue.
For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam”
in the search box.
Additional information about tax scams are
available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all
the scam-related posts.