June 20, 2018

IRS Impersonator Scams: Is that really the IRS calling me?

IRS Impersonator Tax Scams are, unfortunately, ever present.   Here is one easy tool to help prevent you from becoming a Tax Scam victim.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect the person is not an IRS employee:
  1. Record the caller's name, badge number (an IRS employee is always required to provide his or her badge number), call back number,  and caller ID if available.
  2. Call the IRS Identification Validation Hotline at 800-829-1040 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
  3. If the person calling you is in fact  an IRS employee, call the person back.
  4. If the person is not an IRS employee, report the incident to both TIGTA (the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the prior link will take you to an online reporting form) and to the IRS via email at phishing@irs.gov , with the subject 'IRS Phone Scam'.  
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Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides tax, insurance consulting, and expert witness services to clients who have technical or complex concerns.  For more information about Mary and her professional services visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.

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