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25 January 2018

IRS Pleads: Stop Falling for Tax Scam Calls

IRS Pleads: Stop Falling for Tax Scam Calls
Taxpayers may be getting savvy but we’re still losing millions to scammers every single year. For this reason, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) J. Russell George recently cautioned taxpayers to be on  “High Alert” for IRS impersonators

 this tax season.

The most common among these scams is a phone call fraudulently claiming to be from IRS officials demanding payments. More than 2 million taxpayers spread out among every state in the U.S. have reported these calls, which involve scammers threatening arrest, imprisonment, deportation, grand jury indictment, loss of a business or driver’s license, or other punishments, if the taxpayer doesn’t immediately pay up through a gift card, money order or wire transfer. 

Other fraudulent calls, to gain personal information, have included telling the victim they have a refund coming. Some thieves have even used video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. And yet more scams involve contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Even tax professionals and HR professionals are being targeted by sophisticated phishing schemes.

However, please remember that the IRS:

If you do receive a phone call asking for payment, the IRS states that you should put politeness aside and hang up. If you believe you do owe federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 so that IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. But, if you believe the call was a scam, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484. You should also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

For more information, see the official Treasury Inspector General release here.

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Will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

Will not ask for a credit card number or make threats to get immediate payment over the phone.

Will first contact you by mail about unpaid taxes (or to send refunds)—not by phone. And they will never request personal information by email, text message or social media. 

Will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

Will not ask for a credit card number or make threats to get immediate payment over the phone.

Will first contact you by mail about unpaid taxes (or to send refunds)—not by phone. And they will never request personal information by email, text message or social media. 

Will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

Will not ask for a credit card number or make threats to get immediate payment over the phone.

Will first contact you by mail about unpaid taxes (or to send refunds)—not by phone. And they will never request personal information by email, text message or social media. 

Will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

Will not ask for a credit card number or make threats to get immediate payment over the phone.

Will first contact you by mail about unpaid taxes (or to send refunds)—not by phone. And they will never request personal information by email, text message or social media. 

Will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer.

Will not ask for a credit card number or make threats to get immediate payment over the phone.



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