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Be on “High Alert” for Scams from Those Claiming to be from the IRS

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) urges taxpayers to be on “high alert” about IRS employee impersonators. According to TIGTA, since October 2013, thieves have stolen millions of dollars from taxpayers believing the fraudulent calls saying that they owed the government money and cash needed to be sent immediately.

The TIGTA states that they receive thousands of calls every month with reports of these robbery attempts. It is very important, especially during the upcoming tax season, to be aware of things to look for that should be a RED FLAG.

  1. The IRS virtually always contacts by mail, not by phone and NEVER cell phone.hang up
  2. Payment will not be asked for using a prepaid debit card, money order or wire transfer. They will not ask for a credit card over the phone.
  3. They may know the last four digits of your security number and may be able to make the caller ID look like it is coming from the IRS.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

McKinnon Patten is a local Texas CPA Firm providing local businesses and individuals with tax and accounting services.

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