Here at Gardner & Billing, CPAs PLLC, we have been made aware of recent occurrences of an IRS phone scam in the community. Potential victims are being reached on their home or cell phones by a fraudulent IRS agent. The scammer will say that you have an IRS penalty that is due immediately. They will insist that if you do not pay the fine immediately, you will be subject to arrest or a law suit.
If you are contacted by the IRS phone scam, write down any information that the fraudulent IRS agent gives you, including phone number, name and IRS badge number to report to the necessary authorities.
It should be known that the IRS will never contact you via phone or email. You will only receive mail correspondence from the IRS.
According to the IRS website, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you should do one or more of the following:
- Call or go online to report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484, https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/
- You can also file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant online at https://ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1
Please feel free to contact our office at 436-2583 with any questions or concerns.
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