While the April tax filing deadline has come and gone, tax related scams are always with us.  Recently, the IRS issued a new warning about two of those scams.  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-reminder-tax-scams-continue-year-round    In the first of these scams, the scammers make phone calls in which they mention overdue taxes and threaten to cancel or suspend the Social Security number of the targeted victim.    The scammer lures the victim into providing his or her Social Security number over the phone, which is then used to make the person a victim of identity theft.  In the second scam, scammers are sending out letters threatening IRS actions such as a lien or levy based upon a claim for phony overdue taxes.  The letter appears to come from the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.”

TIPS

In regard to the first scam, neither the IRS nor the Social Security Administration will call you and request your Social Security number.  They also won’t threaten you with suspension of cancellation of your Social Security number.  In regard to the second scam, there is no Bureau of Tax Enforcement.  Other scammers contact their targeted victims through phone calls, robocalls and emails posing as the IRS seeking the payment of nonexistent taxes.  It is easy to know if it really is the IRS sending you an email demanding payment. It never is. It is always a scam. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers about tax collections by email or phone  so regardless of how legitimate the email or call may appear, it is a scam.  Even if your Caller ID indicates the call is from the IRS, it is not. Through “spoofing” your Caller ID can be tricked into making it appear that a call coming from a scammer is coming from the IRS. It isn’t. If you think you may have an issue with the IRS, merely call the IRS. Here is a link with information you an use to contact the real IRS.  https://www.irs.gov/help/contact-your-local-irs-office

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