Tax scammers can create some official-looking letters, so it is prudent to verify the authenticity of your notice before responding. One of our clients contacted us recently regarding an official-looking notice they received in the mail:
The notice has their correct name, address and county where their tax lein is recorded, but is stated to be from the non-existent “Tax Processing Unit”, ”Internal Processing Service”, and “THE Federal Tax Authorities”, and not the IRS. A quick Google search of the telephone number retrieves several articles listing these notices as tax scams.
Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. They will never call to demand immediate payment, or request a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. They never threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying. Even if you ignore IRS collection notices, they will not threaten to seize your property or garnish your bank accounts without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed. Taxpayers who wish to call the IRS regarding their taxes should contact them directly at their published number: 800-829-1040.
If you need help with your tax problems, an experienced tax professional organization, such as the Willi Law Office can assist you in determining the best remedies to quickly address and resolve your tax problems.
Willi Law Office, LLC, has been providing personalized legal services to individuals and businesses in Central Ohio for over 25 years.