Avoid Scam IRS Calls This Year
Throughout history, conmen have used scams to take advantage of others. And one of the most common methods of doing so today continues to be that of scammers using the IRS to try to trick people out of their money.
The most common of these scams is simple enough – scammers pretend to be from the IRS and call or email people, telling them that they owe back taxes or trying to get personal information that they will then use to steal the identities of their victims. They often try to obtain bank account info, social security numbers, and more – in addition to just outright trying to obtain money.
Knowing about these scams is the first step to avoiding them, but there are some other things to keep in mind as well. The following information should help you learn to spot potential scammers and know what to do if you are contacted by one.
Spotting A Scammer
The first and most important thing to know is simply how to spot a scammer. In general, the basic rule of thumb is to remember that the IRS won’t do a lot of the things that a scammer will. For example, the IRS won’t do the following.
• Contact you over the phone demanding payment
• Contact you by phone before first sending bills via the US mail
• Demand that you pay your taxes in a certain way
• Demand payment without allowing you to discuss or appeal the amount you owe
• Ask for credit card or debit card information over the telephone
• Threaten you with criminal repercussions such as contacting local law enforcement
• Threaten legal action like lawsuits
In short, the IRS will instead directly contact you via mail, with a letter that contains instructions on how to contact them to discuss payment plans.
You may receive emails or phone calls from people claiming to be the IRS, but these are almost always scammers trying to take advantage of you.
Trusting In The Pros
When you have doubts about your taxes, it’s best to contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and use their Scam Reporting portal to report the people trying to scam you. Additionally, throughout the year it’s in your best interests to trust in professional tax preparers to handle your taxes. This gives you even more peace of mind and ensures that you have nothing to worry about when it comes to your IRS accounts.
Contact Sherbetjian Premium Tax Services today to get the best tax help from experienced pros, and give yourself peace of mind that your taxes are handled properly.