In a past newsletter issue, we advised you to be on the alert for any phone calls and emails received by criminals impersonating IRS agents seeking your personal information. Unfortunately, these scams have continued to increase dramatically.
The IRS stresses, "The real IRS will not:
- Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask for your personal or financial information.
- Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card."
Find out more about how you can stay vigilant against bogus IRS phone calls and emails on the IRS website.