Tax time can be stressful enough without having to worry about scams. Unfortunately, tax season scams have been on the rise in recent years, particularly via phone and email. As a reminder, the IRS will NEVER:
- Call and demand immediate payment over the phone.
- Threaten to involve police or have you arrested or deported for not paying.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
- Ask for credit or debit card information over email or the phone.
The IRS will always send you a bill via mail first. If you have received a bill or think you may owe tax, always call the official IRS line to talk to an IRS agent.