In today’s world, you can find scams everywhere and the prominent one is tax scam which can happen through different channels e.g. phone calls, emails, or even in person. The scammers claim to be from the IRS, start demanding your money right away, or demand your sensitive personal and financial information, or start threatening to arrest you.
Unfortunately, some people fall victim of these scams and give their hard earned money or sensitive personal and financial information to these scammers and don’t think you’re the only one who has become a victim of these scammers. Such aggressive, threatening phone calls, emails, or in person scams are occurring regularly across the country.
It doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can help you from being scammed. You surely can protect yourself from the most common tax scams by keeping the general but very important following tips in mind.
Pay your tax on time:
It is for sure a good idea of making tax payments on time as it will almost eliminate the possibility of being scammed. And if you receive any phone call or email mentioning that your tax is due, you surely can report that anonymous phone call or email right away.
No Instant tax payment demand from IRS:
If there comes a time due to which you find yourself unable to pay your taxes on time then the IRS surely have payment plans for your convenience and will never call you to demand immediate tax payment. All you need is to request IRS a payment plan (short term or long term) to pay your taxes in full within the extended time frame with ease.
Plz! Visit for more info: www.irs.gov/payments/payment-plans-installment-agreements
No Fabricated Ways of Tax Payments:
It is really important to keep in mind that IRS will never ask you to make your tax payment to an organization other than the U.S. Treasury. And it will also never ask you to pay your taxes by some unknown wire transfer or by buying them some gift cards etc.
The IRS offers several payment options where taxpayers can pay their tax liability.
Here are some ways to make tax payments:
- Direct Pay
- Credit or Debit Cards
- Installment agreement
- Mobile App
Direct Pay: with IRS Direct pay, taxpayers can pay their taxes directly from their checking or savings accounts for free and they will receive instant confirmation once they’ve made a payment.
Credit or debit cards: Taxpayers can also pay their taxes by debit or credit card online, by phone or with a mobile device. It will be free or some convenience fee may apply.
Installment agreement: Those who are unable to pay their tax immediately will be able to make monthly payments by having short term or long term payment plans.
Mobile App: The IRS have also introduced an app named IRS2Go for making tax payments via mobile device. A taxpayer can use it to pay his/her tax liability.
For more Info. Plz! visit www.irs.gov/newsroom/easy-ways-to-pay-taxes
No Hostile Behavior by IRS:
The IRS will never conduct an aggressive and threatening behavior to immediately bring in police saying we will have you arrested for not paying the taxes. The IRS has its mechanisms in place to allow you to come forward to talk about the unpaid taxes. If you don’t want to go to IRS directly then talking to an authentic tax attorney can also help you learn about your rights and options.
Tax Scamming Emails:
Tax scammers can also send you fraudulent emails to steel your sensitive personal and financial information. These emails are designed to look like legitimate and you by considering them authentic, can easily fall for them.
There is no simple way to completely avoid email phishing attacks. But the easiest way to avoid these scams is not to reply such emails and or by never clicking on the links that are included in email messages.
Tax Knowledge and Awareness is key!
It is understandable that you (taxpayer as a layman), can’t have all the possible information about the tax system, (tax knowledge, tax complexity, and tax compliance etc.) but at least you should have some basic information about taxes so that you can save yourself from the scams that are happening across the country.
So, if you observe anything doubtful while getting prepared and filing your taxes by someone else, you should refer the IRS website “www.irs.gov” for more information and or call them directly to avoid tax scam.
Let’s face it, most people dislike tax season. It can be stressful, confusing and financially painful but learn how to protect yourself from the most common tax scams which may come in different forms.