IRS Tax Scams: Protect Yourself

IRS Tax Scams are nothing new so it is crucial to keep in mind that criminals do not discriminate. They attempt to scam people everywhere, of all income levels and backgrounds. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of an IRS-related scam, keep in mind that the IRS will never:

  • Call you directly to discuss taxes owed, unless you have already been in contact with a designated IRS Agent
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying
  • Email, text or contact you through social media

If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, asking for money or information relating to a refund, here’s what you should do:

  • Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number, then call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
  • Report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or online at www.tigta.gov 
  • NEVER reply to the message
  • Don’t give out any personal or financial information
  • Forward the email “as-is” to phishing@irs.gov, then immediately delete the email you recieved; and
  • Don’t open any attachements or click on any links, as they may have malicious code that will infect your computer

Learning how to protect ourselves from Identity and Financial Theft, can help to protect each other from becoming a victim. If you have any questions or still are unsure, you can always give us a call to “double-check”