Due to the Coronavirus, this year we have a longer tax season and more people are home to answer their phones. This means there could be an uptick in potential tax phone scams. It is important to know the signs of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment
- Ask payment to be made using a specific payment method such as gift cards, wire transfers, or prepaid cards
- Threaten to have you arrested, issue a warrant, or call the police if you do not pay
- Require you to pay without giving you information or an ability to appeal the amount owed
- Call about an unexpected refund
If you receive one of these calls you should just hang up. However, if you do have tax debt or concerns that the call could have been legitimate, you can then call the IRS directly or contact a tax professional to check your account. As we always say, it is much better to be proactive about your tax situation, then you don’t have to worry about situations like this because you would already know the status.