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Tax Scams

Beware of Tax Scams

As tax season approaches, it is a good time to remind you about tax scams. Be on guard for fake phone calls and phony messages claiming to be the IRS. If you are not sure if communication you are receiveing is fake, before acting, see a tax speicalist or meet with an International Advisor in the Office of International Affairs.

The IRS has a webpage dedicated to inform you about these scams. Click here to read.

The IRS advises they will not do any of the following:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount that you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
  • Use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue.