As we all know, there are many scams taking place every day in our modern world, but one of the fastest growing is an IRS scam. So, with tax season fast approaching, we wanted to make you aware of the latest tactic by scammers to use you and the IRS. In short the scam involves fraudsters contacting you posing as the IRS to collect payment.
First of all, the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment over the phone. If you have not received a bill in the mail from the IRS first, the call is more than likely a scam. Secondly, the IRS will not require you to make payments in a certain way, such as a prepaid debit card. The IRS will also not ask for a credit or debit card number over the phone. Finally, the IRS will never threaten to send police or other agencies to your home to arrest you for failure to pay, at least not over the phone. The IRS handles criminal investigations through the courts.
If you do not owe any money to the IRS, hang up immediately. Do not give out any personal information. If you owe money, or think you may owe money, contact the IRS directly. They will be able to help you. You can also contact our offices and we’ll be happy to help you through the process if you prefer to have someone handle the issue for you.
For more information on what the IRS will and will not do, visit the IRS website.
For more infomation on filing your taxes, visit Eddleman Accounting.