IRS scams involve criminals impersonating IRS agents, other government employees or debt collectors over the phone, online or via the mail in an effort to trick you into sending them money for taxes, penalties or fees you don't actually owe. People lose
millions of dollars a year due to IRS scams. Don’t be one of them. Here’s a list of tips on how to spot a scam and (perhaps) how to get some revenge.
It is true that in rare circumstances the IRS will call or come to a home or business. According to the agency, that might happen if you have an overdue tax bill, haven’t filed a tax return, haven’t paid payroll taxes on your employees, or
are undergoing an audit or criminal investigation.
But even then, taxpayers generally first receive several letters or notices from the IRS in the mail, and taxpayers will only be asked to pay the U.S. Treasury. Which is why the items below are major red flags that IRS scams are lurking.
If you think you might owe money to the IRS, you can check that directly with the IRS (and for free) by visiting https://www.irs.gov/payments/view-your-tax-account. If you do owe back taxes and want to make a payment, you can send money directly the IRS
or sign up for an installment plan to pay the IRS over time. All of those things you can do yourself directly with the IRS.
Fight back: How to report IRS scams
(Partially Reprinted from www.nerdwallet.com
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