Our clients are reporting an increasing frequency of phone calls from scammers claiming to be IRS.  Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

At Beasley, Mitchell & Co. we are here to help.  If you are unsure of whether the call you received is legitimate, collect the name and phone number and tell them your CPA will handle the matter, then hang-up and call us… we’ll be glad to check it out for you.

 

By

Jeanette Wisner,

Certified Fraud Examiner

Senior Accountant

 

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