The following information is from the IRS reminding taxpayers that phony IRS calls increase during filing season.
The tax filing season is a busy time for taxpayers, but scammers also stay busy. Taxpayers should be aware of several types of tax scams, but phone scams start to increase during the beginning of tax season and then remain active throughout the remainder of the year.
Here's how this scam generally works:
Scammers impersonating the IRS call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and face arrest if they don't pay.
The scammers may leave a message asking taxpayers to call back to clear up a tax matter or face arrest.
When taxpayers call back, the scammers often use threatening and hostile language.
The thief demands that the taxpayers pay their tax debts with a gift card, other prepaid cards or a wire transfer.
Taxpayers should remember that the IRS does NOT:
Call taxpayers demanding immediate payment using a specific payment method. Generally, the IRS first mails a bill/notice to the taxpayer.
Threaten to have taxpayers arrested for not paying taxes.
Demand payment without giving taxpayers an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
If you receive one of these calls, hang up the phone immediately. You can report the number to the IRS by sending an email to email@example.com; put "IRS Phone Scam" in the subject line.
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