Taxpayers, It’s that time of year where taxpayers need to remain vigilant when it comes to scam artists and the tricks they try to pull. The IRS has released information about a new scam it has seen being pulled on unsuspecting taxpayers. The scam deals with fake property liens and the scam artist threatening the taxpayer with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here is what we know about the scam so far.
The taxpayer usually receives a letter in the mail that threatens them with an IRS lien or levy if they do not pay the taxes, they claim they owe. The lien or levy threat is based on bogus overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency. The non-existent agency could sound like a legitimate agency, for instance, one that was used was the Bureau of Tax Enforcement. There is no such thing as the bureau of tax enforcement. They might reference the IRS to try and confuse the taxpayer into thinking the letter is legitimate. This scam is like others where the scammer will try and confuse the taxpayer by using the IRS in reference to the fake agency to try and make you think it is real. The letter may contain confusing wording as well so you aren’t able to understand it.
This scam is made difficult to identify because the IRS does use private debt collection agencies to collect on past-due taxes. So if you owe taxes you may be contacted by one of the four private agencies they are currently using. It’s important to know that even if this happens to you, the IRS will always have contacted you first before they transfer your account to one of the private agencies.
If you know you don’t have past due to taxes, there are a few things you can do if you are contacted by the scammers. You can report the letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration here. When reporting the scam, make sure to include the keywords “IRS Lien”. You can also report it to the Federal Traded Commission. If you think you owe, you can call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to confirm the notice you have received in the mail.
It’s important to stay up to date on the latest scams as they keep evolving and become harder to identify. If you actually owe taxes and need help paying off those taxes, you can call Polston Tax. Our team of tax attorneys and case managers can get you into an affordable resolution and help you move forward. Give us a call at 844-841-9857 or click below to schedule a free consultation.