Tax Season = Tax Scams

With Tax Day fast approaching so are the number are tax scams.  Some of the most recent scams according to IRS.GOV are:

  • Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents
  • Phishing emails that purport to be from company executives and request employee’s personal information
  • Phishing emails that trick taxpayers into thinking they are official communications from the IRS

If you receive any calls or emails claiming to be from the IRS do not respond!  If you are questioning the validity of the email or call, contact the IRS directly.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you several bills.
  • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal and financial information.
  • 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 or e-mail.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Initiate taxpayer communications through email.

RESOURCES:
www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts
www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Consumer-Alert-Scammers-Change-Tactics-Once-Again