IRS Scams

Posted by Armen G. Derderian C.P.A on February 20, 2018

The IRS receives a lot of money from American taxpayers each year. It’s no wonder that some unsavory people will try to get a cut of that money by impersonating the IRS and scamming people who just want to do their best. You’re a responsible person, so how do you make sure you can take care of your taxes while not falling victim to scams?

There are some signs you can look for to know if you’re being scammed. Keep in mind that the IRS will never contact you via phone or email. If you’ve paid your taxes, the IRS won’t threaten you with any legal action. If you have made a mistake on your taxes, then the IRS still won’t immediately go to legal action without giving you a chance to remedy the error.

So if you get a phone call claiming that the IRS is sending people to arrest you for not paying your taxes, you can safely ignore it. If you fear you’ve made a mistake on your taxes, you should hang up the phone and contact the IRS via mail to be sure. There are no police coming for you—after all, why would they announce your impending arrest and give you time to run?

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, then you should report it to the IRS. They will track down those who scammed you and do what they can to make you whole again.

If you’re unsure if a message from the IRS is a potential scam, call the IRS to double-check. Make sure that you’re calling a reputable number, and that you are the one to initiate the call. Phone numbers can be spoofed, but if you’re the one making the call, you know it’s safe.

You can make sure that you’re never in trouble with the IRS by filing your taxes correctly. Contact us today for help and information on taxes.