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These days, it seems like scams are around every corner. People are finding new, creative ways to swindle people out of their hard earned money, and they’re even using scare tactics to do so. At RPC CPAs, we want to give you the information you need to protect yourself against a growing hoax that people are using to get you to pay up.
At some time or another, we’ve all received a phone call we could clearly tell was a hoax. But when the phone rings and they say they’re from the IRS, we stop to listen. Even those who follow the rules fear the dreaded IRS phone call, and hearing those words can send even the most calm into a panic.
Identifying the Scam
How can you differentiate between a legitimate call from the IRS and a scam? According to the IRS themselves, “...the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.”
These are no petty amounts of money either. Innocent people are getting scammed for millions of dollars collectively. Texas Tech stated there was over 23 million dollars in financial losses over the previous two years alone.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and are hassling you for money, please hang up and consult with your tax preparer or other professional for advice. RPC CPAs is here to help you avoid these types of scams and we encourage you to give us a call if you’re unsure of a recent call from the IRS.
"Texas Tech Warns of IRS Scams." EVERYTHINGLUBBOCK. N.p., 23 Feb. 2016. Web. 24 Feb. 2016. <http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/kamc-news/texas-tech-warns-of-irs-scams>