IRS scam phone calls rising in North State

Mar 30, 2016 1:06 PM by News Staff

A number of north State residents have been receiving calls stating they are delinquent on their tax obligation and in order to avoid litigation, to pay the debt over the phone.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service announced that these calls are a scam and announced some tips to help determine if the call you received is indeed a scam.

According to the IRS, they will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.


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