The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a warning to taxpayers regarding fraudulent phone calls from IRS impersonators commanding payment for a non-existent tax, labeled the “Federal Student Tax.”
In this scenario, IRS impersonators are threatening to call the police on students who fail to transfer money immediately.
“These scams and schemes continue to evolve nationwide, and now they’re trying to trick students,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remain vigilant and not fall prey to these aggressive calls demanding immediate payment of a tax supposedly owed.”
Fortunately, the IRS and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration have made significant progress in their investigation of the IRS impersonation scam. Five suspects were arrested for IRS phone scams fraud just last week.
It is crucial to remember that no IRS official will ever demand payments via MoneyGram, Western Union, or any other money wiring method. If you receive a fraudulent call, hang up and file a report on the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” page.