Hi, I’m Patti, and I work for the IRS.
Scammers are looking for ways to steal your money year round.
The IRS has seen an increase in tax scams preying on honest taxpayers, especially by phone.
Some of the most common scams involve con artists who pretend to be from the IRS call victims telling them they have to pay right now – “or else.”
Don’t believe it.
We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues, and angry, harassing calls like these are not how we do business.
The IRS does not call you about tax debts you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
Other tax scammers try to rip off their victims by luring them into filing false claims for phony tax credits, nonexistent rebates or even refunds based on their social security benefits.
These scammers sometimes use flyers and brochures advertising “free money from the IRS” with little or no documentation required.
Sometimes they use email.
In the end, not only do the victims lose the money they paid the scammer, but they also learn their claims are rejected, or worse, they have to return money to the IRS, plus penalties and interest.
Don’t fall for it (tax scams).
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To learn more about tax scams, go to our website, IRS.gov, and type “scam” in the search field.