Is It Really The IRS Contacting You?
From the Internal Revenue Service
Scammers impersonating IRS officials are a growing issue. It is happening in person, over the phone, and via email. Your best defense is being informed and knowing the IRS protocol for contacting taxpayers. The IRS initiates most contact through regular mail. Taxpayers generally receive several notices/letters before they are called or visited.
The IRS does not:
- Call to demand immediate payment
- Demand that you pay taxes without question or appeal
- Threaten to contact local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement
The IRS does:
- Provide two forms of credentials if you are visited in person
- Provide you with a dedicated IRS phone number for verification
For more information about avoiding these scams and what to do if you are scammed, click here.