Avoid IRS Telephone Scams – The IRS Never Calls To Collect Payment!

Unfortunately in Miami and throughout the United States there have been cases of individuals falling victim to IRS telephone scams. Scammers take the advantage during the high tax preparation season to contact individuals and scare them into sending money to pay back the taxes they supposedly “owe”. Most of the times, the individuals that fall vulnerable to this situation are usually recent immigrants who are still unfamiliar with certain laws or elderly people.

These IRS telephone scams have gotten sophisticated in sounding extremely convincing. Telephone programs are used now to show off a U.S. Government style toll-free number on the caller ID, they provide fake agent badge numbers along with fake names and sometimes might even know the last four digits of your social security number. Usually their calls will indicate that you owe money to the IRS and that you must pay immediately. If you refuse, they use scare tactics like jail time, getting your license revoked or home visits from an IRS representative. If you decide to hang up on them they call back impersonating either officers or employees from the DMV to back up their claims. They demand payment through either a wire transfer or prepaid card. Not only are these scammers calling and texting but also “phishing” through emails, by using the Internal Revenue Service logo and name to try to get the individual’s personal and financial information.

Take Precaution and Safe-guard Your Information

You must keep in mind that the IRS will never call or email you if they must collect any owed back taxes from you, they will send you a letter. The IRS won’t ask to be paid via a prepaid card or wire transfer either. If you owe money to the IRS there are different ways that you are able to settle any back taxes due and they provide different types of payment option as well. If you believe that you owe taxes or know that you do, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to discuss any issues and options with an IRS employee.

If you received the scam call and know that you do not owe any taxes, call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident. If you have been the recipient of one of these suspicious phishing emails, make sure to forward it the phishing@irs.gov so the IRS has notice of it.

Do not let anyone try to scare you into paying anything over the phone, if you are having IRS issues and do not want to tackle your situation alone then contact a Miami tax attorney to assist you.