Is This A Tax Scam

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Every year scammers come up with new ways to trick you into providing personal information. Here are some ways to recognize these scams.


Email phishing scams are common, and you should know that the IRS will generally send you a bill in the mail if you owe taxes. Calls or visits to a home or business by the IRS are rare and typically reserved for special circumstances such as audits. The IRS will not email you to request personal or financial information. If you receive a suspicious email do not open any attachments, click on links, reply, or act on any directions that put you at risk. You should report it to the IRS at


Phone scams involve people creating fake caller ID numbers and presenting themselves as either the IRS or an authorized collection agency. The IRS and authorized collectors will not threaten you with arrest or deportment over nonpayment. They will not demand payment using a method such as wire transfer, gift card, or prepaid debit card. These are not payment methods used by the IRS. Payments should not be made to third parties.


If you receive these calls but do not owe taxes, hang up immediately and report the call by sending the caller ID and callback number to the IRS at with the subject line including "IRS Phone Scam." If you do believe you owe taxes, view your tax account information online at to verify the amount owed and review your payment options.

Comments (3)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Mercifully, we have been spared this type of call. This is wonderful information you shared with us.  Thank you. A

Jul 22, 2020 01:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Krystin, Thank you for the heads up, and I think most of us know not to believe phone calls, and don't open any strange attachments.

Jul 22, 2020 01:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have gotten numerous phone calls threatening legal action and incarceration because my taxes are not correct. I have also received calls saying that my social security number has been frozen.

These calls are robocalls that are transparent frauds.

The latest calls are about student loan forgiveness and medical insurance.

So annoying!

Sep 07, 2020 06:45 AM