Friday, June 3, 2016

IRS Scams Continue To Scare People

There is a new telphone scam where the caller claims to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and is calling about a tax bill.  The caller then proceeds to indicate that the called taxpayer owes a Federal Student Tax.  This is a SCAM as 1) the IRS will not initiate contact to the general public via phone about balances due and 2) there is not a "Federal Student Tax".

If you receive a phone call, the caller will be requesting immediate payment or threatening that a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  You should remain calm and check with your tax professional or call the IRS directly to verify if any outstanding balances are true.  Do not offer any personal information or offer any payment and/or banking information to the caller.

Please check your mail box to see if you have any love notes from the IRS (if there is truly an outstanding balance, you will have received several notices indicating such).  If you don't have correspondence from the IRS, then you most likely have NOTHING to WORRY about.  If you have letters from the IRS, then be sure to read the notice and see what action is needed.

If you want to report a SCAM phone call, you can report that at the IRS website here: IRS Report Phishing.

Also consider this a good reminder to protect your Social Security Number - that number is used to claim many tax benefits and file your tax returns.  ID Theft continues to be an issue as well, that might just be another topic for another post.

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