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Reminder to be on alert to scams involving threats demanding immediate payment for unpaid taxes or other claims of money owed. These scams are becoming more aggressive and deceptive. If you have received any correspondence by phone, email or letter even if it looks or sounds authentic do not make payment without first confirming the validity of the claim AND considering your options for taking action to question or appeal the claim. Always contact your tax professional immediately.

In general the IRS will never:

  • Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

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

The following link is to the most recent warning from the IRS and information about how to report an IRS impersonation scam:

IRS Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20 Million

If the link doesn’t work you can copy and paste the following into your browser:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-Taxpayers-to-Guard-Against-New-Tricks-by-Scam-Artists


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