Tax scammers have evolved again and are now mailing fake tax notices in addition to the phone calls and emails. These fake notices look very similar to legitimate notices that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does mail in some circumstances. Please reference the picture as there are a few key details that we would like you to be aware of in case one of these should land in your mailbox:
- If you are a client of ours, immediately send us a copy of any tax notice or refund check you receive before acting on the notice or cashing the check.
- The body of a legitimate IRS notice will always explain why you owe the proposed taxes.
- When paying your Federal tax liabilities, checks are made payable to the United States Treasury, never to the IRS. It has been noted that it is easy for scammers to change “IRS” into “MRS. Jane Doe” in order to cash a check.
- You can “View Your Balance and Payment History” directly from the IRS website by creating an account at irs.gov/payments. This website will reflect any legitimate balance due.
- You can also call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to ask questions or report suspicious phone calls or notices.
- The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested for failure to make a payment.
If you receive any suspicious correspondence, it is always best to seek the advice of a qualified tax preparer.