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Tax Scams and How to Stay Safe

Don't worry, one thing we can all count on is scams, they'e everywhere! But one sure fire way to protect yourself is to learn about what scams are out there and learn how scammers will lie to gain your trust.


The IRS DOES NOT and WILL NOT

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.

  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.


TIP: The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.


However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.


Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.


Here is a link from the IRS that talks about the most common Tax Scams.



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