At least once a month I’ll receive a nervous phone call from someone worried about the IRS. They just got off the phone with someone that said they were an IRS agent and unless they send a few thousand dollars in a day or two, the IRS is going to send the police to their home or job to arrest them. That’s a phone scam. The IRS does not operate that way.
If you have done your taxes in the past and you have a bill, then you’re going to know that you owe. But the IRS does not just out of the blue call and tell a taxpayer that they owe some unexpected amount. They also don’t just send the police to someone’s home or job like that.
Here’s a TaxAssurances YouTube video I did about these IRS phone scams.
Here’s what the IRS says they will never do when it comes to taxes and communicating with the public.
So if you get a phone call like this, hang up. If you’re still not sure and want peace of mind, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. They can go over your tax history to let you know where you stand with them.
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