As you may know, my articles normally deal with family law issues. However, because I have had so many calls from clients regarding threatening phone calls from supposed IRS agents, I decided that scam IRS calls would be a good topic for this month’s article.
Many people have been getting phone calls from people impersonating IRS officers. In many cases, these are automated calls, leaving urgent call-back requests telling tax payers to call back to settle their “tax bill”, and warning of legal action if they don’t agree to pay. THESE CALLS ARE SCAMS!
You should understand that 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 a bill.
Further, they will never threaten to have you arrested for not paying, and they will never require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a debit card, gift card, wire transfer, or credit card over the phone.
If you get such a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and asking for money, DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION. Get a call-back phone number, hang up immediately.
You should then call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 to report the call.
You can also go to their webpage to fill out the online form to report the scam: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
Finally, if you think that you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to make payment arrangements.
These scammers are constantly coming up with new strategies and new scams – please do not fall for them!
Feel free to call our office for a free initial consultation to discuss these and any other legal issues you may have.