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8 Ways to Know if the Knock on Your Door is Actually from the IRS


Every Halloween, children knock on doors pretending they are everything from superheroes to movie stars.


Scammers, on the other hand, don't leave their impersonations to one day. They can happen any time of the year, especially as tax season approaches.

People can avoid taking the bait and falling victim to a scam by knowing how and when the IRS does contact a taxpayer in person. This can help someone determine whether an individual is truly an IRS employee.

Here are 8 things to know about in-person contacts from the IRS.

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

2) There are special circumstances when the IRS will come to a home or business. This includes:

     a. When a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill

     b. When the IRS needs to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment

     c. To tour a business as part of an audit

     d. As part of a criminal investigation

3) Revenue officers are IRS employees who work cases that involve an amount owed by a taxpayer or a delinquent tax return. Generally, home or business visits are unannounced.

4) IRS revenue officers carry two forms of official identification. Both forms of ID have serial numbers. Taxpayers can ask to see both IDs.

5) The IRS can assign certain cases to private debt collectors. The IRS does this only after giving written notice to the taxpayer and any appointed representative. Private collection agencies will never visit a taxpayer at their home or business.

6) The IRS will not ask that a taxpayer makes a payment to anyone other than the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

7) IRS employees conducting audits may call taxpayers to set up appointments, but not without having first notified them by mail. Therefore, by the time the IRS visits a taxpayer at home, the taxpayer would be well aware of the audit.

8) IRS criminal investigators may visit a taxpayer's home or business unannounced while conducting an investigation. However, these are federal law enforcement agents and they will not demand any sort of payment.

Taxpayers who believe they were visited by someone impersonating the IRS can visit IRS.gov for information about how to report it.

 

Don't hesitate to call us if you need help or want to get started on tax planning for the rest of 2017 or 2018!  If you have comments or questions on the information in these articles, as usual feel free to call our offices.  Thanks!  Brenda


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