October 10, 2014

Being contacted by the IRS can be distressing, and it often causes people to respond as soon as possible to try to resolve whatever tax issue may have arisen. Unfortunately, scammers who are looking for anyway to get your personal information – and to steal from you – know this and may end up posing as IRS agents to try to trick you into giving them sensitive information like your bank account numbers, your social security number, etc.

Given that a lot of people don’t have regular contact with real IRS agents and that these scammers can be very tricky, in this blog series, we will point out some essential tips for identifying IRS tax phone scams. We will also explain what you should do if you end up being targeted by a scammer posing as an IRS agent over the phone.

Here’s What You Should Know about IRS Tax Phone Scams…

Tip 1 – Be suspicious of calls that come without any prior mailed notices.

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The fact is that the IRS will never reach out to you via the phone unless this agency has already sent you a mailed notice regarding your tax issue. Therefore, if you receive a call from someone alleging to be an IRS agent but you have never received any prior notice regarding the tax issue that this person is describing (or an alleged tax refund they may be claiming that you deserve), consider this to be a huge red flag that you are dealing with an IRS tax phone scam.

Tip 2 – Demands for payment without an option to question the issue are another red flag of IRS tax phone scams.

While the IRS may have some strict rules when it comes to filing and paying taxes, this agency also prides itself on being transparent and fair. To this end, the IRS typically offers taxpayers the opportunity to:

  • Question alleged tax issues (like, for instance, back taxes)
  • File appeals to certain IRS decisions.

Therefore, if someone alleging to be an IRS agent calls you and demands some type of payment from you without giving you the opportunity to ask questions or get more information about the alleged owed tax money, beware. You are likely dealing with an IRS tax phone scam.

We will pick up this discussion about IRS tax phone scams in an upcoming second part of this blog series that will be posted soon – we encourage you to look for it!

Denver Tax Attorney at Goldman Law, LLC

If you are dealing with any tax issue, don’t try to resolve this issue on your own. Instead, contact a trusted Denver tax attorney at Goldman Law, LLC. Our lawyers are ready to stand up for your rights and help you resolve your tax issues as favorably as possible.

At Goldman Law, LLC, we know how distressing audits and other tax issues can be, and we also know how to stand up to the IRS and effectively protect our clients to ensure they are able to obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases.

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