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You’re sitting at home relaxing. The phone rings. The person on the other end claims to represent the IRS and demands immediate payment on back taxes you allegedly owe. They threaten you with being arrested, deportation, court action or many other unsavory consequences. These calls are scams! Do not be intimidated by these callers pretending to be from the IRS. They are attempting to steal your money and your personal financial information.
The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment. They will never ask you to pay by a specific method, such as prepaid debit cards or Western Union. They do not ask you to pay by credit or debit card over the phone. The IRS will not threaten to call the police and have you arrested for not paying. If you receive one of these bogus calls, report it to the IRS. It will help the IRS to stop these scams. Record or write down the caller’s name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available. You can report the incident by emailing the IRS at email@example.com, or by contacting the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administrations (TIGTA) through their website at www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml