Phone Scam is Catching Taxpayers

I had a doctor tell me that his spouse received a phone call, apparently from the IRS, requesting that she pay a sum of money immediately or they would have to arrest her.  Needless to say, the client was a bit befuddled, and it turned out to be another scam to solicit money from innocent taxpayers.

On August 13, the IRS issued a warning to taxpayers to be extra vigilant regarding a telephone scam in which taxpayers receive unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the agency. According to IRS, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has already received 90,000 complaints regarding this type of scam and has identified some 1,100 victims who have lost a total of $5 million as a result. “There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.” Angry and threatening calls from people claiming to be from IRS, combined with demands for immediate payment, should be a “big red flag,” Koskinen said, adding that people should immediately hang up and contact TIGTA or IRS. Additional information is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams .

Mike DeVries is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, Enrolled Agent,  and a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant focusing on helping healthcare professionals. If you would like to learn more about becoming a client, contact Mike at www.vmde.com.

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