In our increasingly fast-paced society, it can be easy to get swept up in things now and then and to react rather than to act in the right way. This is doubly true when there’s an element of fear or panic. If you’ve recently heard from the IRS, or think that you have, don’t panic; our tax relief team near Sacramento can help you figure things out no matter where you’re located.
Scammers purporting to be IRS representatives are an unfortunate reality in this day and age, and they prey on your fear. If you know your affairs are in order, you’ll naturally be sceptical if someone calls demanding payment. Victims who are aware they’re not in good standing with the IRS, though, often panic and make payments to fraudulent scammers without thinking. So how do you know if it’s really the IRS contacting you?
The IRS Doesn’t Call or Email
While the IRS might call you after contact has been established, they’ll never call you out of the blue clear sky. If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent the IRS, they’re a scammer. By the same token, the IRS will not email you; even if the sender’s email address looks official, it’s a fake. Never give out your social security number, account information, or any other sensitive info over the phone or email.
Confirm Any Correspondence You Receive
The IRS will always send a letter via the mail as their first point of contact. A scammer can still mail things if they have your address, though, so it’s worth taking the time to confirm things. While you’ve likely heard that ignoring tax debt can lead to penalties and fines, it’s no reason to react with panic to notice you receive. When you receive notice from the IRS, they will always provide ample time for you to respond accordingly.
This means you’ll always have time to confirm the authenticity of the letter and to contact Paramount Tax Relief for the professional help and guidance that you need when working with the IRS. We recommend contacting us directly about any correspondence you receive, and then calling the IRS to confirm the information you received.
Of course, be sure to call the IRS at a phone number you to to be legitimate; if you call the number included on the letter you received, you risk contacting the spammer who will, in turn, lie to you and say that the letter was legitimate even if it wasn’t.
Needless to say, the prospect of scammers trying to trick you during tax season is just one more hurdle in an already stressful time. To ensure you don’t fall victim to potential scams, and to ensure that your taxes are handled properly from start to finish, simply contact Paramount Tax Relief directly by calling (916) 533-9940 today. We’re here to take the stress out of taxes!