The IRS has issued another warning to taxpayers regarding phone scams. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has identified approximately 1,100 victims who have been scammed out of an estimated $5 million by callers purporting to be from the IRS. The TIGTA has received over 90,000 complaints through its hotline and urges taxpayers to continue to report any suspected fraudulent phone calls. As a reminder, the IRS:
- NEVER asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone
- NEVER insists on a particular payment method to pay tax obligations
- NEVER requests immediate payment over the phone
If you think you’ve received a phone call from the IRS, you should:
- Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 if you believe you do owe taxes
- Call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 if you believe you do not owe taxes and you may have received a fraudulent call
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