The City of Dublin would like to help you guard against fraud this tax season by sharing the various ways the IRS typically contacts taxpayers. Please remember, one common phishing method used over and over again is creating a sense of urgency. It works, at times, because urgency is one of the most powerful forces of the human brain. It accelerates a person’s decision-making process.
8 Common Ways to Guard Against Becoming a Victim:
- The IRS will not initially contact you by phone call, text message, social media or e-mail to ask for your personal or financial information or to obtain payment for a tax bill. The government loves a paper trail. The IRS will write to you first, possibly multiple times.
- If you are unsure about a tax bill, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.The IRS will not give you an ultimatum to pay up immediately or demand that you wire money.
- The IRS also won’t call to congratulate you for getting a refund.
- The IRS will not demand that the taxpayer pay without the opportunity to question or appeal.
- The IRS will not threaten to send police, immigration officers or other law enforcement to arrest you.
- The IRS will not ask you to pay your debt using iTunes gift cards or any other type of gift or debit cards. They also will not ask you to pay with alternative currency, such as bitcoin.
- In the case of a personal visit from someone claiming to be from the IRS or other government entity, check for official credentials in the form of a pocket commission and HSPD-12 card. No one making a personal visit will demand immediate payment.
- You can also visit this IRS website for a comprehensive listing of identified tax scams.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Dublin Tax team by clicking here.