The IRS WON’T Call You Out of The Blue: Beware of Scammers

Brian SingletonBlog, Watch Your Wallet

This was posted to a CPA mailing list we follow:

The IRS scammers were in full force last week in our small corner of the universe. By noon on Thursday, they had called my house twice, I had 6 calls to the office with scared clients, and the 911 operators received 25 calls from very worried people. That afternoon I had more anxious callers. Yesterday, at church, I had a line of folks asking me if they should come to the office to straighten this out. The local newspaper put an article in the paper telling people to report the calls to the IRS and/or the Federal Trade Commission. Now if this office had that much commotion, I can only imagine the uproar at the 2 large firms. The folks who called 911 were in a terrible state according to the operators I talked with on Sunday. Then—bright and early this morning, my home phone received another call. There really must be a way to get this stopped and get the word out that the IRS does not call. At first I thought they were just targeting retired people in the past, but now it seems that no one is safe.

The IRS will NOT initiate communication via the telephone. Here is some advice from their website:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.

You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.