In wake of Hurricane Florence, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding everyone that criminals are once again trying to take advantage of those trying to help out people in need. Please read the following news release to avoid various scams and schemes:
IRS news release on Natural Disasters scams
We also would like to take this time to remind you that tax scammers are continuing making phone calls and sending emails impersonating IRS and at times tax practitioners. Per IRS:
Telltale signs of a scam
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 does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will 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.
If you receive an email that seems strange, please call our office to verify its validity. We are always here to answer your questions.