I was recently contacted by a few clients who stated that the IRS called them and threated to place a lien on their home or charge them with tax fraud if they failed to make an immediate payment. These types of calls are distressing and complete scams. Please remember that the IRS will never:
- call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
- demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
- require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card;
- ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
- threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Remember every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and knowing these rights can help you identify these types of scams.
Laura M. Trujillo
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