IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams
“We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card. Taxpayers can avoid these and other tricky financial scams by taking a few minutes to review the tell-tale signs of these schemes.” Such signs include threatening demands, use of debit cards, “robo calls” leaving pre-recorded messages, and suggestions that a warrant will be issued for ones arrest.
How to Know It’s Really the IRS Calling or Knocking
The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as:
- when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill,
- to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or,
- to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.