There are many reasons for IRS to initiate a call with tax payers. The IRS call you to clear their doubts on your income, may be in return filling or may be bills that you presented during filling on return and more. But a telephonic call to the tax payers is not the first move IRS take.
How does the IRS call you?
There are generally three ways the Internal Revenue Service can contact you: a mailed letter, a telephone call or a personal visit. The Internal Revenue Service will not initiate a telephone call as the first step to contact you. The first step in communicating any tax payer will be a letter or notice through US postal services. This letter will explain you why the IRS is contacting and what a taxpayer should do further.
If the IRS agents feel the necessity to contact the tax payers to discuss about the choices for resolving delinquencies and collecting delinquent taxes and tax returns, the IRS Call only after those initial letters sent.
Below are some reasons for which IRS can communicate with you:
- Change or reduction in refund you anticipate.
- Queries on documents for tax return filed.
- Additional information in order to process the tax return.
- To verify one’s identity.
- To alert on changes or corrections on the tax return.
- To inform about any delay in processing the return.
- If you have an outstanding tax balance
IRS scam calls
Certainly the Internal Revenue Service will never call an individual and threaten them with legal action or harass them over debts. The IRS also doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. There are instances of fake IRS calls happen as well.
The IRS impersonation scams are happening with different variations. In all such fake IRS calls, the scammers pretend to be calling from IRS and provide fake identity. In general, the scammers demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card, gift cards or wire transfer. New complaints from people reveals that these scammers try to get Social Security number, Tax Identification number and file fraud returns to claim large refund.
The website of the Treasury inspector general for tax administration has an online form to report I.R.S. impersonations. Another option is to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which investigates consumer fraud.
How to find these scam calls
- Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
- Demanding payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS will never pressurize anyone for either of these payment methods.
- Spoof caller ID information to appear as if the call is from IRS
- Threatening to arrest by sending local police if the payment is not done immediately. The IRS also cannot revoke a license or immigration status.
What to do when the IRS call you?
When IRS sends a notice and calls you, it is important to understand the reason for calling and understand their requirements or any documents that you missed during filling. The taxpayers have the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed and IRS should provide enough time to do so. It is important for the individual to understand their rights and act accordingly. Get an expert tax attorney to know your rights and options to take informed decision on your tax audit process. IRS Audit Group can support with Tax Audit Representation and State Audit Representation on behalf of you by filing power of attorney.
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