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Taxpayers should know the signs of a phone scam

Taxpayers should know the signs of a phone scam

Taxpayers should be aware that aggressive criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money or personal information. The tax filing season is a prime time for phone scams because people are thinking about taxes.

Here are some tell-tale signs of a tax scam along with actions taxpayers can take if they receive a scam call.

The IRS will never:

* Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. 

* Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying. 

* Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed. 

* Call out of the blue about an unexpected tax refund.

Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:

* Hang up the phone immediately. 

* Report the call to TIGTA using their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form [https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml] or by calling 800-366-4484. 

* Report the number to phishing@irs.gov and be sure to put IRS Phone Scam in the subject line. 

More information:

Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts [ https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts ]

Report Phishing and Online Scams [ https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing ]

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