IRS warns taxpayers about scams leading up to filing deadline

The IRS is warning taxpayers to be leery of scams leading up to the April 15 filing deadline.

With less than two weeks before the tax filing deadline, the IRS warns taxpayers to be leery of scams.

Scammers use fake names, provide bogus IRS badge numbers and alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. If they demand immediate payment, leave urgent callback requests and threaten arrest, deportation, license revocation and other threats, it’s a scam.

The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment nor call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill, never ask for payment without giving taxpayers an opportunity to appeal, never ask for a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone and never threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to make an arrest for not paying.

The IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss a personal tax issue involving bills or refunds.

If a taxpayer does not owe taxes or has no reason to believe he does not and receives a call, report the incident by calling 1-800-366-4484 or report it online at the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Page.

People can also call the Federal Trade Commission and use its FTC Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov. If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If a taxpayer owes or thinks he owes taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help with a payment issue.

For more information, go to IRS.gov and type “scam” in the search box.