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Crooks impersonating the IRS either by phone, email or in person cost people their time and money. We urge our clients to remain vigilant against schemes and scams and avoid becoming a victim.
Here are some important tips from the IRS for taxpayers to keep in mind to avoid scams:
How does the IRS initiate contact?
The IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as:
Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive a letter or sometimes more than one letter, often called notices, from the IRS in the mail.
Avoid telephone scams
Criminals impersonate IRS employees and call taxpayers in aggressive and sophisticated ways. Imposters claim to be IRS employees and sound very convincing. They use fake names and phony IRS identification badge numbers. They’re demanding and threatening – and do not reflect how the IRS handles enforcement matters.
Note that the IRS DOES NOT:
IRS employees may make official, unannounced visits
IRS employees may make official and sometimes unannounced visits to discuss taxes owed or returns due as a part of an audit or investigation. Taxpayers generally will first receive a letter or notice from the IRS in the mail. If a taxpayer has an outstanding federal tax debt, IRS will request full payment but will provide a range of payment options.
Here are the facts:
Find more information about Criminal Investigation and how to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on doors for audits and collection on IRS.gov.
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