With the 2023 tax season kicking off very soon, the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind New York residents that scammers will often target taxpayers. The official tax season kicks off on January 23, when the IRS starts accepting and processing individual 2022 tax returns.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals take advantage of tax season and prey on unsuspecting New Yorkers. Most of us have a healthy fear of the IRS, I mean an audit by the agency isn't something anyone wants, right? Well, scammers use this fear to steal personal information and money from people.
The IRS has shared some red flags to look for to avoid being the victim of a scam,
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 a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
- Demand that taxes be paid without giving taxpayers the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
- Call unexpectedly about a tax refund.
SEE ALSO: Tax Season Tips for New Yorkers
What Should You Do If You Suspect You Are Being Scammed?
- Write down the phone number and hang up the call immediately.
- Report the call by using the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form or via phone at 800-366-4484.
- Report the phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and use "IRS Phone Scam" in the subject line.