Watch Out! Summertime Tax Scams

Post By Veronica Calvo

Although tax filing season is over for most taxpayers, tax-related scams are still surfacing. Even though taxpayers should remain on high alert for these scams year-round, tax-related scams tend to be more frequent in the summer.

As the IRS commissioner John Koskinen states, “Many of these [evolving summer schemes] are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card. Taxpayers can avoid these and other tricky financial scams by taking a few minutes to review the tell-tale signs of these schemes.”

Here are a few tax-related scams that taxpayers should keep a look out for:

  • EETPS Scam
  • “Robo-call” Messages
  • Private Debt Collection Scams
  • Scams Targeting People with Limited English Proficiency

Here are a few signs that it is a scam and not the IRS:

  • The IRS will never contact a taxpayer and threaten to involve the police or request for credit or debit card information over the phone.
  • The IRS will never require immediate payment without allowing the taxpayer to question or give the taxpayer an opportunity to appeal the payment.
  • If a taxpayer has a conflict with the IRS, the IRS will initiate most of their contact through mail.

 

For more information of tax-related scams visit IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams. For more detail information related to how to determine whether it is a scam or the IRS visit How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.

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