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IRS Scam Phone Calls Have Picked up Again

The IRS is again warning the public to be alert for scam phone calls from people looking for money claiming to be from the IRS. The thieves claim they are an IRS official and that you owe a false tax bill. The scammers try to scare and intimidate their victims into paying them asap or they will be arrested, deported, or have their license revoked.

You will hear from the IRS via mail before any phone calls. The IRS will also never require you to pay your tax bill a certain way, such as a prepaid card (which is what the scammers usually ask for).

If you receive a questionable call like this you should not give any of your information out and hang up immediately. If you have any doubt in your mind that you may possibly owe taxes once you hang up you should call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. A person from the IRS can look up your account and be able to tell you if you owe anything or not.

You should also report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 800-366-4484 or by using the following link:

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Also please keep in mind that the scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to try and con you out of your money so always be aware and call the IRS if there is any doubt.

Please consult your tax advisor about all the above information.

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