There are an unprecedented number of phone scams going on right now with callers pretending to be
from the IRS. People have been scammed out of hundreds and even thousands of dollars by these
predators. Our office has received several calls from clients who could have been scammed out of
thousands of dollars had they not known to contact us and question the calls.
Things you need to know to protect yourself:
1. The IRS will always make first contact with you first by mail, and they will never demand immediate
payment over the phone.
2. IRS criminal investigators will never call you on the phone demanding money to keep you out of jail.
They will never threaten to bring local law enforcement to your home or workplace to arrest you if you
don't pay them immediately. They will never tell you that they will send law enforcement to arrest you if
you do not send them money within three days. Typically, IRS Special Agents will knock on your door in
pairs and are able to produce proper Department of Justice identification. (This is rare!)
3. The IRS will never ask you to deliver or deposit money directly into a bank account of a third party. All
legitimate payments are made to the "United States Treasury."
What to do if you think you've been targeted:
1. If you get one of these calls, do not give the caller any personal information.
2. If you do not believe you owe anything to the IRS, immediately hang up and call 800-366-4484 to
report the fraudulent call. You should also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.
3. If you believe you may owe money to the IRS, you can contact an attorney to look into the matter for
you or contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you determine if you truly do have
an unpaid tax debt. However, be forewarned, typical IRS hold times are well over 1 hour, so only make
the call when you know you'll be available for a couple of hours.
If you feel at any point you are in over your head or don't feel comfortable contacting the IRS directly,
feel free to contact our office through our website at www.IowaTaxTrouble.com and we can help you
figure out your best course of action. Because the IRS is a federal agency, you do not need to live in Iowa
for us to help you. We can represent you before the IRS in any state. There is never any charge for your
initial phone call and/or consultation.