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.
  • Email the IRS with IRS Phone Scam in the subject of the email.
  • 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.

To learn more about tax scams and how to report them, search for the following

  • year-round scams
  • gift card scams
  • report scams