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Beware of Bogus IRS Phone Calls

Saul Brenner, CPA, J.D., LL.M. 05.07.2015 | eVisor

Email "phishing" scams get considerable media, but another common scam designed to separate you from your money is the fake IRS phone call.  It is important to remember that the IRS does not:

  • Initiate contact with you by phone to request personal or financial information;
  • Call and demand immediate payments. The Service will not call about taxes owed without first mailing you a bill; and
  • Require that you pay taxes in a specific way, say via a prepaid debit card.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS who makes any of these demands, consider reporting them to:

  • Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA's web page "IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting" to report the incident.
  • Federal Trade Commission. Use the "FTC Complaint Assistant" on FTC.gov. Place "IRS Telephone Scam" in the comments of your report.

Questions? Contact your Berdon advisor or Saul Brenner at 212.331.7630 | sbrenner@berdonllp.com

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