Just because tax season is over doesn't mean the scammers have called it quits.
Know what the IRS won't do
One of the best ways to identify and prevent tax scans is to know what the IRS doesn't do. For example, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone. In fact, the IRS won't call you at all about past-due taxes without mailing you a bill first.
In addition, the IRS will never:
- Threaten to have local police or other law enforcement organizations arrest you if you don't pay.
- Initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or social media.
- Demand you pay taxes, unless you've had the opportunity to appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require a specific and/or unconventional payment method. The IRS gladly accepts checks, as well as credit and debit cards through authorized third-party websites you can access through irs.gov.
- Ask for a credit card (or debit card) number over the phone
For more information please contact us at Berry Talbot Royer. We can help you identify if someone is trying to pull a “tax scam” on you!