IRS Warns: Watch Out For Scams This Tax Season
Tax season began on Tuesday and you may have noticed your W-2’s are arriving, but with tax season comes a ‘warning’ from the IRS.
The ‘warning’ is to watch out for scams. Ten to twelve thousand calls are reported every week during tax season claiming you owe money to the IRS. Fact is the IRS will never call you. If you owe money to the government, the IRS will contact you by mail first. Not by phone.
Most ‘scam’ calls come from overseas and victims are often told to wire money via Western Union or MoneyGram. The Treasury Department warns you ‘don’t do it’.
Since October of 2013 at least 5,000 people have paid out more than $26 million to scam artists. If they try to intimidate you into paying them money, don’t fall for it. If you are in doubt, contact the Treasury Department and ask them if they are trying to contact you.
Better safe than sorry.