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IRS Scam

Bob Weide, CPA

January 11, 2019

As another tax season begins, it seems as though everybody knows somebody who has received a phone call from “The IRS”.  Below is an excerpt from the IRS fact sheet on how the IRS works when it comes to contacting taxpayers.  For the whole article, see the link below:

How The IRS Initiates Contact:

The IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as:

  • When a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill,
  • To secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or
  • To tour a business, for example, as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive a letter or sometimes more than one letter, often called notices, from the IRS in the mail. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, we encourage you to contact our office to verify the validity of the caller.

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