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IRS Scams on the Rise During Filing Season

Tax Tip Tuesday Financial Blog Post

As taxpayers are working to finish filing their taxes this season, criminals are also hard at work — looking to steal their information and money. There are several versions of tax scams going around. However, the classic telephone con continues to thrive the most. As a reminder, here’s how the scam works:

  • Scammers call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and will be arrested if they don’t pay. Many times, the first call will be a recording, requesting that taxpayers return the call to clear up a tax matter.
  • When returning the call the taxpayers are often threatened with hostile language and claims of jail time for the taxpayer. Scammers tell those they fall prey to calling back that they can pay their debts using gift cards, other pre-paid cards, or wire transfers.
  • Taxpayers who comply lose their money.

Remember the IRS WILL NOT:

  • Call taxpayers demanding immediate payment using any specific payment method. A paper will always be mailed first.
  • Threaten taxpayers with arrest for not paying taxes.
  • Demand payment without offering taxpayers an opportunity to question or appeal the amount the IRS believes they owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Here’s what you should do if you receive a phone call:

  • Hang up immediately.
  • Never provide any information.
  • Report these calls to the:

Related Information: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

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