The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns of various types of scams that may target taxpayers this summer, including robocalls, demands for immediate payment, and threats to have taxpayers arrested immediately.
They also remind taxpayers that the IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will usually first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
- Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Visit IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams for full details of the scams, hot to spot one, and how to know if it's really the IRS contacting you.