Don’t fall for these scams…
- Social Security number: Scammers threaten to suspend Social Security numbers because of overdue taxes.
- Fake tax agency: A letter threatens an IRS lien or levy because of fake delinquent taxes.
- Phone: Scammers leave messages threatening law enforcement involvement, deportation, or revocation of licenses.
- Phishing: Personal information is requested through email by phony government agencies.
Look for these signs of scams…
- A call demanding immediate payment.
- Request for payment by prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer.
- Threats to contact law enforcement.
- Demand for payment without the opportunity to question or appeal.
- Messages posted to social media or texted to you.
- Emails and texts from a tax professional requesting more information.
Report any suspected scams…
- gov/tigta: File a report with Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
- firstname.lastname@example.org: Email the IRS with IRS Phone Scam in the subject of the email.
- ftc.gov/complaint: Use the complaint forms the Federal Trade Commission provides.
- 800.829.1040: Call the IRS.
Remember, the IRS will mail a bill to people who owe taxes. The IRS does not contact people by phone, email, or text to request payment.