IRS offers tips to avoid falling for tax-season scams

January 13, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker, a search engine that lets the public search for specific scams, reported that from Jan. 1, 2018, through April 30, 2018, there were 1,295 tax collection scams across the United States.

Those same dates throughout the state of Arizona there were 16 scams reported, of which one was in Kingman.

Since the entire United States is gearing up for tax return season the IRS has a couple of tips to not get caught in a scam.

In a prepared statement the IRS wrote, “The IRS does not demand that taxpayers use a specific payment methods, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will not ask for a taxpayer’s debit or credit card numbers over the phone. If you owe taxes, make payments out to United States Treasury or review IRS.gov/payments for IRS online options. The IRS won’t threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business license, or immigration status.”

On telephone scams, the IRS said that it would never call to threaten or demand immediate tax payment. The IRS offers taxpayers a chance to appeal any amount in question and offers numerous ways of resolving tax liability.

On phishing emails the IRS stated that taxpayers should not click on links or open attachments from emails pretending to be from the IRS. The IRS said it doesn’t initiate contact by email or social media channels. The agency gets in touch with taxpayers through paper letters mailed by the U.S. Postal Service. IRS letters and notices are mailed to the taxpayer’s most recent address on file. If a person has received a phishing email, the IRS said that they should forward the email as is, preferably with the full email headers to phishing@irs.gov and then delete the original email.

The IRS said that threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.

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