Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents are once again increasing with the start of the 2016 filing season. The calls threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation, bank account seizures, and a number of other threats.
IRS personnel do not make telephone calls relating to collection matters.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
- Do not give out any information.
- Hang up immediately.
You can thereafter:
- Contact The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Peter S. Muffoletto, CPA is a full service accounting firm established in November of 1975.
Should you have questions relating to these matters, tax, financial, and accounting issues call (818) 346-2160 or visit www.petemcpa.com