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Tax News: IRS Issues a Warning Regarding Telephone Scams

Today the IRS issued a warning about a new sophisticated scam targeting taxpayers, especially immigrants.  The victims receive a phone call and are told they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid immediately with a wire transfer, credit card, or pre-loaded debit card.  If the victim does not comply they are threatened with being arrested, having a driver’s or business license suspended, or for immigrants they can be threatened that it will affect their immigration status.  The callers can be very persuasive by doing things such as reciting fake name and badge numbers, verifying the last four digits of the victim’s social security number, spoofing the IRS toll free number on caller ID, and even sending email verifications.  Additionally, some victims have been targeted with emails using the same methods, which can demand personal information and payments.

Here is what taxpayers should know:

  1. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through an email
  2. The IRS never requests personal information through email or text
  3. The IRS never demands immediate payment over the phone

If you receive one of these calls you can notify the IRS at (800) 366-4484 or you can forward fraudulent emails to phishing@irs.gov.  Also, if you want to verify your current tax status, check if you owe taxes, or even find out if the IRS is taking an action against you for taxes you know you owe, you can contact us at Hone Maxwell LLP today.  We can call the IRS and get a complete picture of your tax situation and either confirm you are in good standing or discuss your options if there is an issue.  For more tax updates and the latest news you can follow us on twitter @HMLLPTax or facebook at www.facebook.com/HoneMaxwellLLP.

Disclaimer: Hone Maxwell LLP articles and blogs are not intended as legal advice. Additional facts, facts specific to your situation or future developments may affect subjects contained herein. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting or relying upon any information herein.

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