How to Know if the Knock on Your Door is Actually Someone from the IRS?

November 20, 2017

People can avoid taking the bait and falling victim to a scam by knowing how and when the IRS contacts a taxpayer in person.  These 5 things can help determine whether an individual is truly an IRS employee.

1.       The IRS initiates most contacts through the regular mail delivered by the US Postal Service.

2.       IRS revenue officers carry two forms of official identification.  Both forms of ID have serial numbers and you can ask to see both ID’s at any time.

3.       The IRS will not ask that you make a payment to anyone other than the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  You will never be asked to provide a credit card number or to purchase a gift card to pay off the debt supposedly owed.

4.       IRS employees conducting audits may call taxpayers to set up appointments in certain circumstances, but not without having first notified them by mail.  By the time the IRS actually visits a taxpayer at home, the taxpayer would be well aware of the audit.

5.       IRS criminal investigations may visit a taxpayer’s home or business unannounced while conducting an investigation but they will never demand any sort of payment at that time.

Criminals use many tactics to steal your money.  Educate yourself!  The IRS.gov website had tons of great resources.  And if you receive a notice from the IRS, please contact our office immediately so we can assist you.  You don’t have to deal with the uncertainty of an IRS notice on your own. 

   

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