HOW TO KNOW IT’S REALLY THE IRS CALLING OR KNOCKING

Posted on June 9, 2017

(from IRS News for Tax Professionals)

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.

• 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.

Know Who to Contact
• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
• Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#%26panel1-1 on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
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• Report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

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