The largest ever phone fraud scam of Internal Revenue Service impersonators is underway this 2013 tax season, currently affecting taxpayers now.
If you take nothing else from this post remember this, the IRS never initiates contact by phone. If you are about to undergo an audit, if they need more information, or your tax return has errors, their first contact will be by using the US postal snail mail system. You will get mail.
The IRS will never initiate an audit contact by phone. Never – Ever.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, They will ask you a few questions to verify they are talking to the correct taxpayer.
The IRS has reported an increase in phone scams across the country, with callers pretending to be agents or other IRS representatives in hopes of stealing money or identities from victims.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you’re not sure and you have a legitimate tax issue outstanding, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you know you don’t owe taxes, report the incident to the
Treasury Inspector General at 1-800-366-4484.
If you receive a phone call from an individual claiming to be the IRS and you suspect they are not an IRS representative…
- Ask for a call back number and employee badge number.
- Contact the IRS to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
If you determine the person calling you is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you, call them back.
Remember, The IRS did not call you first. If they do, you will be expecting the call.
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