“Tis the season…and the fraudsters are out in force. We have learned to use words like “always” and “never” with great caution. However, in this instance, “never” is applicable.
Our good friends the IRS will “never”:
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone