Ask a Lawyer: Phone call from the IRS

Dear Ask a Lawyer:

I received a very disturbing phone call last night. It was from someone who claimed to be from the IRS.

They were very nasty and said I owed them money and that I could be arrested if I did not pay. I was so

taken aback I just hung up. After I hung up I was unsure what to do next. I am very concerned.

Signed: Afraid

Dear Afraid:

Thank you for sharing your story. It is frightening to get one of those calls. The phone call is a scam, a

trick hoping to get you to pay money to the caller. You did the right thing by hanging up.

The IRS will not:

 Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first

sending you a bill in the mail.

 Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

 Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit

card.

 Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

 Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

What to do IF you receive a Scam call

 Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

 Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting–

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

 Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant —

https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#&panel1-1” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in

the notes.

If you need any help filing you taxes the information below will help you.

For more information:

https://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free or call

1-800-829-1040

Thank You

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