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Phone Scams remain on top of IRS' list of Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") has issued reminder to taxpayers to be careful with aggressive phone scams as criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money from Taxpayers. These scam phone calls still remain as a major threat to taxpayers as another tax filing season has been approached.

The usual trend in scam phone calls is to threaten Taxpayers of things such as "arrest, deportation and license revocation if the victim doesn’t make a payment." the most recent trend according to IRS is where "thieves file fraudulent tax returns with refunds going into the real taxpayer’s bank account – followed by a phone call trying to con the taxpayer to send the money to the scammer."

Here is a useful list provided by IRS of things they would never require to be provided by a Taxpayer over the Phone:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

  2. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

  3. Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

As always you can contact our offices for any questions you may have regarding your tax issues and notices received from IRS or other tax entities.

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