Post Halloween Scammers
Now that Halloween is over and the ghost and goblins costumes have gone back into storage, you need to remember that scammers aren’t done with the impersonations and they keep this up all year round. You can avoid falling for scams by being aware of how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers.
Here are eight things you need to know about in-person contact with the IRS employee:
- The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal
- There are special circumstances when the IRS will come to a home or business. This includes:*When a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill*When the IRS needs to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment*To tour a business as part of an audit
*As part of a criminal investigation
- Revenue officers are IRS employees who work cases that involve an amount owed by a taxpayer or a delinquent tax return. Generally, home or business visits are unannounced.
- IRS revenue officers carry two forms of official identification. Both forms of ID have serial numbers. Taxpayers can ask to see both IDs.
- The IRS can assign certain cases to private debt collectors. The IRS does this only after giving written notice to the taxpayer and any appointed representative. Private collection agencies will never visit a taxpayer at their home or business.
- The IRS will not ask that a taxpayer makes a payment to anyone other than the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- IRS employees conducting audits may call taxpayers to set up appointments, but not without having first notified them by mail. Therefore, by the time the IRS visits a taxpayer at home, the taxpayer would be aware of the audit.
- IRS criminal investigators may visit a taxpayer’s home or business unannounced while conducting an investigation. However, these are federal law enforcement agents and they will not demand any sort of payment.
If you believe you have been visited by someone impersonating the IRS, please visit IRS.gov for information on how to report it.