Taxes look much different than they did before World War II. Tariff and excise taxes, now have been replaced by income and payroll taxes. Additionally, federal and property taxes have become less important to state and local governments than they once were. Just as the tax landscape has changed throughout the decades, so have tax scams and the sophistication of tax scammers.
This week the attorney’s general’s office has issued a scam warning Rhode Islanders about individuals posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees. These scammers are making unsolicited phone calls to area residents.
The swindlers are contacting taxpayers and informing them that they owe back taxes to the IRS, and that unless they pay immediately, the IRS will have to take legal action.
“According to the attorney general’s office, the callers will in many cases leave a voicemail with a return phone number – most likely a “spoofed” number – to create the appearance of legitimacy,” wrote Daniel Kittredge of the Warwick Beacon.
The scammers only accept credit cards, prepaid payment cards or wire transfer payments to settle debts. Some residents have event been told that they owe as much as $8,000.
“It is important to remember that the IRS never calls individual taxpayers demanding immediate payment. The IRS will not threaten imminent arrest for failure to pay back taxes,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. “These calls are scams. Don’t be fooled by the legitimate-appearing phone number or a person who says they are a special agent. Scam artists are using technology to their advantage to pull the wool over the eyes of hard-working, taxpaying citizens. It is despicable, and the best way to stop this, and other scams, is to be a savvy and smart consumer.”
If you have been a victim of a scam, you should report it the Treasury Inspector General at 800-366-4484 and contact the IRS.
Many Americans get behind and owe money to Uncle Sam. If you or someone you know is in this situation, it is best to contact a tax resolution specialist. The tax resolution lawyers at U.S. Tax Shield are standing by to help you pay off your debts and clear your tax delinquencies with IRS. Call us today.