29 May How to Identify IRS Scammers
Here’s what you should know in order to avoid falling for the fake trap set by potential scammers who claim they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
- When requesting information, the IRS would never initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels.
- Enforcement action is not used as a threat by the IRS; this includes lawsuits or imprisonment.
- The IRS does not aggressively approach the conversation on the phone, whereas scammers are typically persistent and malicious regarding your IRS tax problems.
- Scammers demand payment via debit or wire transfer, but the IRS would mail a bill to notify taxpayers who owe taxes.
- The IRS will not bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested.
- In the event of an IRS visit, two forms of identification must be provided by the representative to prove their credentials.
- Payments must only be sent to United States Treasury.
Make a constant effort to protect yourself by protecting your data. It is also important to know that your rights are as follows, detailed by the IRS here.
- Be Informed
- Quality Service
- Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
- Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
- Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
- Retain Representation
- Fair and Just Tax System
We urge you to be on the lookout and address confusions with IRS officials, as always the Tax Defense Partners is here to help!