[fname], I am sending this email because the IRS continues to hear complaints from taxpayers regarding phone scams to collect "delinquent" taxes.

 

Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA said it has received through its telephone hotline, to date, TIGTA has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from the scams.

"There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement. "Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.

 

A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment or law suits will filed and the taxpayer will be arrested. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS."


The IRS advised taxpayers that if they receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here's what they should do:

If they know they owe taxes or you think they might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1 (800) 829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

If the taxpayer knows they don't owe taxes or has no reason to think they owe any taxes (for example, they have never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then they should call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1 (800) 366-4484.

If they have been targeted by a scammer, they should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant " at FTC.gov, adding "IRS Telephone Scam" in the comments on the complaint.

The calls are abrasive, aggressive, and downright threatening. The caller will demand that the taxpayer go to their bank, and call them back when they are there to get instructions on where to wire the funds.

 

If the intended victim refuses to pay, then they threaten to send the police and have them arrested. If the victim does hang up it is likely that the scammer will immediately call back to continue the harassment.

Remember the IRS does not make an initial contact by phone, but generally through a written notice. They do not request personal information by phone and do not demand payment by credit card or direct bank wire.

 

And despite popular public lore, the IRS staff does not make harassing or threatening telephone calls. The best advice is to hang up and contact the IRS or the FTC to file a complaint.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me here at the office.

Of course with something this new donít expect us to have all the answers. Thank you.
 

Monica
 

 

Monica Rebella, CPA/IAR
Rebella
Accountancy
507 E. First Street #A
Tustin,CA 92780
ph (714) 619-0667
Fax (714) 544-0236
email: mrebella@rebellacpa.com



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