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Beware of Tax Phone Scam
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Taxpayers have reported phone calls from individuals claiming to be from the IRS and asking for personal information. The IRS will never call asking for payment information.

​Source: GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Beware of Tax Phone Scam

Taxpayers have been receiving unsolicited phone calls from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Usually the caller says the taxpayer is under investigation and tells them they owe thousands of dollars to the IRS and demand payment. The government has received over 90,000 complaints, including 1,100 victims who have been scammed out of an estimated $5 million.

It is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS:

  • Always sends a letter for their first contact involving a taxpayer issue.
  • Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone.
  • Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations.
  • Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.
For more information or to report a scam go to www.irs.gov​ and type “scam” in the search box or contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.