IRS Issues Advise on Suspicious Communications

Each year the IRS issues its list of 12 common tax scams that are impacting taxpayers. One such scam is suspicious communications taxpayers receive through unsolicited text messages, emails, or phone calls. These scams are designed to trick, threaten, or mislead taxpayers into providing financial information that is then used by unauthorized parties to file false tax returns or access financial accounts. The IRS communicates primarily through regular mail and reminds taxpayers that it will never

  • Call to demand immediate payment
  • Threaten to bring local police to arrest a taxpayer
  • Demand taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.