Tax refund fraud and identity theft are an increasing problem.
Please remember these tips:
- The IRS does not call you about collection or balances due. In fact, the IRS will generally only call if you are working with an employee on an audit or other issue. If you get one of these calls, hang up immediately; The criminals typically call people unsolicited, claim to be from the IRS and assert that they owe taxes. The scammers tell the victims they will be criminally prosecuted if they don’t make a payment immediately and threaten them with arrest, loss of their driver’s license, deportation or some other seriously negative consequence.
- Please let us know any time you receive correspondence from the IRS or the State of California. In the most recent fraudulent letters, you are told to make out a check to “I.R.S.” rather than to “United States Treasury;” and the return address does not match the processing center address posted on the IRS website.