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.
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.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups.
- 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 refund.
Taxpayers who receive these calls should:
- Hang up the phone immediately.
- Report the call to TIGTA or by calling 800-366-4484
- Report the number to email@example.com and be sure to put IRS Phone Scam in the subject line.