New Tax Scams to Watch Out For in 2019

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Thousands of people have fallen victim to tax scams, losing their personal information and money. Scammers use regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals and request personal or financial information.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urges consumers to look out for two new variations of tax-related phone and email scams. The phone scam involves pre-recorded messages threatening to suspend or cancel a victim’s Social Security number, and the email phishing scam involves a fake agency—the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”—claiming that the victim owes past due taxes.

Don’t become the next person to fall for one of these scams. Paramount Tax Relief in Sacramento is here to shed some light on two popular scamming tactics and provide tips to help you avoid tax scams all year round.

IRS Phone Scams

The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages. Many phone scams include victims being told that if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other threats include law-enforcement agency intervention, deportation, or revocation of licenses. Don’t call this phone number back; instead, make the call to our tax relief company to confirm that this phone call was a scam.

IRS Email Phishing Scams

The IRS also does not contact taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. They initiate most contact through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service, however, there are certain circumstances when the IRS will call or even visit a home or business. These visits include times when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, a delinquent tax return, a delinquent employment tax payment, or the IRS needs to tour a business as part of a civil investigation (such as an audit or collection case) or during criminal investigation.

Learn the Telltale Signs of a Scam From Paramount Tax Relief in Sacramento

The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never:

  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

For more information on tax-related scams and how you can avoid them, feel free to contact the team at Paramount Tax Relief in Sacramento.

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2019-07-24T18:24:03+00:00 July 24th, 2019|
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