Is It The IRS Or Is Fraud Calling You?
Many of our clients have reported that persons representing themselves as the IRS call on the phone and ask for money. In many cases they seem to know a great deal about you when they call.
A key characteristic is that they will tell you that the sheriff or other law enforcement agent will come to your door in a few days to either collect the money or arrest you.
This is not how the IRS works. The IRS will send you a letter notifying you of an audit, asking questions about a return or sending you a bill. Their first contact will not be by telephone.
What to do if you are contacted?
· First do not send them money.
· You can take down call back numbers, names and IRS employee identification numbers (if they will provide them) but don’t stay on the phone with them.
· Then contact your tax professional.