Avoid becoming a victim of tax scams
As tax season gets underway, taxpayers need to stay vigilant of potential scams. One common scam that has been making the rounds throughout the country over the past several years involves phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS. These callers use fake names and IRS credentials in an attempt to gain payments or personal information from taxpayers. They often know the names and some basic information about the potential victim and will try to get their social security number, credit card number, or other form of payment.
To avoid becoming a victim of these scam artists, taxpayers must remember that the IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Additionally, the IRS will not threaten to bring in law enforcement agencies to have you arrested for not paying. Demands for immediate payment in a first communication are bogus as taxpayers will always have the opportunity to question or appeal the amount that the IRS claims is owed. Generally, a taxpayer will first receive a bill by mail if any taxes are owed.