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IRS Scam Reminder

Posted On: March 16, 2017

Telephone scammers are again making calls saying they are the IRS and threating jail time and urging immediate payment.  If you get a telephone call like this at work or at home, hang up.  It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

·       Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

·       Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations

·       Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.


If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you can:

·       If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

·       If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.

·       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.


Scammers also use email messages to try to trick you into revealing personal and financial information.  The emails claim to be from the IRS and often lure victims into the scam by telling them that they are due a tax refund.  Also beware of email claiming to be from the IRS asking to update account information. 


Again, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information nor does it threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.  For more information, visit the IRS’s Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts page (