The Mill Valley Police Department has seen a recent increase in the number of people reporting frauds and scams. Please be careful this tax season.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of people posing as IRS officials. These scammers call taxpayers claiming that the individual owes the IRS money and demand payment, often threatening jail or punishment if payment is not made.
The IRS will never:
1. Call to demand immediate payment. The agency will not 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.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do. If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov, or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
Click here to learn more about the scam: IRS Telephone Scam