The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have received over 90,000 complaints through their telephone hotline and have identified approximately 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million from these phone scams.
There are clear warning signs that taxpayers should continue to remember:
The IRS will never call out of the blue, official correspondence will be sent through the mail.
The IRS will never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
The IRS will never insist that taxpayers use a specific type of payment method to pay.
The IRS will never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.
To find out more information about the IRS warning about phone scams and what actions to take if you receive a phone call, please visit their website.
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