The IRS recently renewed its warning that citizens need to be diligent when it comes to responding to telephone and email requests for payment from people claiming to represent charities and/or the IRS itself. There are several tell-tale signs of IRS phone scams. As a reminder, the IRS will never:
- call to demand immediate payment, nor will it 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; or
- threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.