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IRS Telephone Scams

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We are the Strategic Tax Lawyers, a firm made up of professional business tax attorneys, IRS levy attorneys, and audit tax attorneys with years of experience in tax-related and IRS issues. 

We often mention the tax scam phenomena which has been occurring more and more of late.  The tax scam involves innocent individuals receiving a call from a scam artist who persuades the victim to transfer money to those pretending to represent the IRS.  The scam artists threatens the victims and demands that they pay their taxes or a fine by putting money on prepaid debit card.  Threats include going to jail or calling immigration. The scam artists warns the victim not to hang up or call anyone and if they do, they will go to their residence to arrest them. Many people fall for this and end up putting thousands of dollars on newly purchased prepaid debit cards.  When the victim purchased the prepaid debit cards they called the scam artist to give them the numbers on the back of the prepaid card. The money is usually gone or spent by the scam artists before the victim realizes it was a scam.

Tax scams are very serious issues that leaves innocent taxpayers with major tax problems that can be frustrating, emotional and expensive to resolve.

The IRS has over 650,000 reports about telephone scams, with anywhere between 9,000 and 12,000 complaints weekly.  Since mid-August 2015, more than 4,200 people reported getting targeted by a scam artist and paying more than $21.5 million cumulatively.  According to the authorities, the average victims gets swindled out of $5,100.

One victim lost over $500,000, the most money reported for a tax scam.
The IRS never will never directly call anyone to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you about any past taxes you owe. First, you will receive a notice in the mail. In addition, the IRS will never demand payment without giving you a chance to appeal or talk to your accountant. The IRS will never require that you pay in a specific manner.

Nor will the IRS request any payment information over the phone. Also, the IRS will never threaten any taxpayer and they will not phone the police or immigration agencies. Also notice if official emails have the dot between "IRS" and "gov" since many fake emails will not.

We are the Strategic Tax Lawyers, LLP and we can assist you with your tax problems.  We are professional business tax attorneys, IRS levy attorneys, and audit tax attorneys with years of experience in tax-related and IRS issues. 

Call the Strategic Tax Lawyers at (800) 669-4775 for a free consultation to assist you with your tax-related matters.