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.

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 and be sure to put IRS Phone Scam in the subject line.