Tax Scam Phone
Calls Continue -
IRS Unveils New Video to Warn Taxpayers
— As incidents of an aggressive telephone scam continue across
the country, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled a
YouTube video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to
be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives.
The new Tax Scams video describes some basic tips to help
protect taxpayers from tax scams.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund
due and try to trick you into sharing private information.
These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They
may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID
to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names
and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t
answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request.
"In recent weeks, we continue to see these telephone scams in
every part of the country," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
said. "We have formal processes in place for people with tax
issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry,
shake-down calls are clear warning signs of fraud. This is not
how we do business. We urge people to be careful when they get
these threatening phone calls."
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a
supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the
scammers often do but the IRS will not do.
Any one of these five things is a
tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:
1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call
about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the
opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your
taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement
groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the
IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS
at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe
that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector
General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at
If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal
Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at
FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or
any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more
information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type
"scam" in the search box.
Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS
social media sites, including YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/irsvideos and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com,
where people can search "scam" to find all the scam-related
Source: IR-2014-105, Oct.
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Regards, Monica Rebella, CPA/IAR
President, Rebella Accountancy