I got a phone call from the IRS.

Most phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the IRS are fraudulent.  The IRS is forbidden from making aggressive or threatening phone calls.  The IRS has seen a huge increase of criminal activity with people impersonating the IRS.

Don’t panic, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment.  IRS employees are forbidden from threatening individuals with arrest using local police or law-enforcement officers.  Furthermore, the IRS generally communicates with people by mail.  As a result, most of the telephone calls are fraudulent.

Furthermore, you should not respond to demands for payment by credit or debit card over the telephone.  Do not give the individuals any confidential information on the telephone call like your social security number or your birth date.  We suggest getting their contact information and calling Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 to report the IRS impersonation.

If you have a concern, we recommend calling the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or hiring a knowledgeable professional who is authorized to represent people before the IRS to verify the nature of the telephone call.