It is that time of year for tax scams. There are no short supply of scams today. The most common we are seeing are telephone calls impersonating the IRS making demands about payments and threatening legal actions. Tax preparers are also targeted by phishing emails to update information on cloned or phony websites. The end goal is the same for all scams, to get your money or your personal identity information. If the scams did not work, they wouldn't use them. Please visit the IRS website or call them directly if you believe correspondence could legitimately be from the IRS. DO NOT use the phone numbers supplied by emails or phone calls.
The IRS says they will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency 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; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.