As students go back to school we typically see a rise in telephone scams targeting students and parents – be on the lookout for these telephone scammers. They commonly demand wire payment for fake taxes such as a ‘federal student tax’. Remember that the IRS will never demand immediate payment over the phone. You most likely will get something in the mail as your initial contact from the IRS or we will receive something in our office. The IRS will also never threaten you or become aggressive with you on the phone.
If you receive a suspicious call, the IRS suggests:
- Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
- Search the web for telephone numbers scammers leave in your voicemail asking you to call back. Some of the phone numbers may be published online and linked to criminal activity.
- Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
- If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
As your accountants, please contact us whenever you are contacted by the IRS, even if you believe it is suspicious so that we may confirm through legitimate means that there are no outstanding issues between you and the IRS or advise you on next steps if the contact is legitimate.
More information on back to school scams is available at: https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-warns-of-back-to-school-scams