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NO! The IRS did not call you first.

The largest ever phone fraud scam of Internal Revenue Service impersonators is underway this 2013 tax season, currently affecting taxpayers now.5009475

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.

Let’s be careful out there.

IRS Releases “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams

© 2014, Bruce McFarland. All rights reserved.

1 Comment

  1. July 2, 2014    

    As you have said, the IRS does not initiate contact with a taxpayer on a payment issue by phone. If you owe taxes, your first contact with the IRS will definitely be by mail. Also, the IRS does not contact taxpayers via email–another sure sign that it’s a scammer and not the real IRS. However, it is possible that a taxpayer will receive an initial contact from the IRS by phone if the purpose of the contact is to notify the taxpayer of an IRS audit. If that first contact is by phone, it will always be followed up by a letter from the IRS.

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