MADISONVILLE (WATE) – Tax season is approaching, which means you need to remember to watch out for IRS scams. In Monroe County, for example, multiple victims were targeted by phone. The IRS says they’re investigating similar calls in other states as well.
It’s a busy time of the year at Warren & Tallent CPA. Becky Woods, who works at the office, was busy tinkering away, getting forms ready to file.
Her work is being stalled by calls from concerned clients.
“The calls started a couple weeks ago, but they’ve been increasing. They’re getting calls from people and I think they’re foreigners posing as the IRS,” Woods explained.
She says the caller asks for personal information like your Social Security number and bank information, with a threat.
“You owe us a certain amount of money and if you don’t settle with us today, we will file a lawsuit against you. They leave a call back number and it’s completely different from the number they call from,” Woods explained.
The IRS is investigating calls like these from victims in several states. Their best advice is to hang up altogether.
They remind you that they will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. Mail.
Also they will never ask for credit, debit or prepaid card information over the phone.
Woods says they don’t want to see people fall victim to the scam. They also don’t want scammers to ruin the reputation their business has with clients.
“They trust us to handle the IRS for them, and then it comes across like you aren’t doing your job. It seems like we missed something,” she added.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.