Crooks impersonating the IRS either by phone, email or in person cost people their time and money. The IRS urges people to stay vigilant against schemes and scams and avoid becoming a victim.
Here are some important tips for taxpayers to keep in mind to avoid scams:
How the IRS initiates contact
The IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as:
When a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill,
To secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or
To tour a business, for example, as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.