IRS Issues Warning About Tax Scams

The IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, has issued a warning about tax scams that proliferate in April. Specifically, con artists will call people claiming to be from the IRS and also claiming that the person they’ve called owes them money.

According to Koskinen, there’s a very easy way to tell that these people are scam artists and not legitimate IRS agents: Real IRS agents don’t phone people about back taxes. They write them a letter.

Also, real IRS agents don’t threaten to throw people in jail if they don’t pay immediately or send the money to a specific account. Such tactics are the mark of a bullying scam artist. Nor do real IRS agents ask for credit card numbers over the phone.

Koskinen also advises people to check e-mails claiming to be from the IRS very carefully. According to their own website, the IRS does not ask for personal or financial information by e-mail or any other electronic communication like social media or text messages.

The IRS provides information and advice regarding phone scammers much like anyone in the Yellow Pages. For example, if you think or know you owe money on your taxes, call the IRS at 1 (800) 829-1040 and check with them like Dan Newlin has in the past. If you know you don’t owe taxes or want to report a threatening caller, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1 (800) 366-4484 and report the matter to them.

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