Tax season is well upon us. In addition to the stress and strain of tax return filings and deadlines, we must all be aware of the scams associated with tax season.
Phone calls allegedly from the IRS: The latest phone scam involves a phone call from an alleged IRS agent/New York State agent advising that you have back taxes due and asking you for an immediate payment or turnover of bank account information in order to avoid penalties and interest. These calls are quite shocking and intimidating (I received one myself) and the average law-abiding citizen may easily feel threatened enough to want to resolve this issue through immediate payment.
E-Mail Scam: Bogus e-mails are being sent to consumers that look and sound very official with all the hallmarks of authority from the IRS. Never click on a link from a source you do not know, no matter how official it looks.
The IRS always and only communicates via regular mail first. Any unexpected phone call or e-mail is simply a scam.
Please be vigilant and careful and share this information with your family and friends. Feel free to call upon us if you have any questions or concerns.