Avoid Becoming a VictimAug 10, 2016
Every year the IRS comes out with the dirty dozen list of tax scams like “identity theft”, “phishing”, “return preparer fraud” and “phone scams.” Too many individuals fall victim to these schemes. Don’t be a victim!
IRS recently warns of summer surge in IRS-impersonation bogus calls and requests for fake tax payments. The bogus calls can take many forms and scammers are constantly changing their strategies. Some of the IRS impersonation scam examples:
• Demanding payment for a “Federal Student Tax.”
• Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an “iTunes or other type of gift card”
• Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals.
• “Verifying” tax return information over the phone.
• Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry.
Be aware the IRS will never:
• Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
• Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
• 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, gift card or wire transfer.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, do not give out any personnel information and hang up immediately.
• Report the call and contact TIGTA
Web page: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Phone number: 800-366-4484
• Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission” and add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Web page: https://www.ftc.gov/
Please contact us if you receive a bogus phone call and need help, we will gladly assist you through the process.