During tax filing season, there is an increase in tax scams that criminals use to get your valuable personal information.
On example, involves a phone call with someone impersonating the IRS. The caller uses a fake IRS identification number and will tell the victim they owe money that needs to be paid immediately. They will threaten with suspension of a license or arrest. If the victim doesn’t answer the call initially, the caller may leave a voicemail saying it’s urgent and to call back immediately.
Another scam involves receiving an email from the IRS asking you to provide more personal information in order to get your tax refund. The IRS does not initiate contact with a taxpayer by email, text message, or social media. If someone contacts you on one of these platforms claiming to be the IRS, it is likely a scam.
If you receive communication like above, hang up the phone or delete the email without providing any personal information. If you are unsure you are being scammed, tell the caller you will call them back. Then contact the IRS on your own to double check the information you were provided.
It is important to note the IRS will never:
- asks for credit or debit card information over the phone
- demand payment without giving you the chance to appeal or question the amount owed
- call taxpayers to demand an immediate payment in a specific way, such as a prepaid gift card or wire transfer
- threaten to bring in other law enforcement groups if you do not pay
You can report scams to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, using the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form, or by calling 800-366-4484. Federal Trade Commission, using the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov, being sure to include “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.