Identity theft, phone scams, and related fraud continue to plague taxpayers. The IRS continually updates its information on how to prevent, detect, and if needed, get assistance regarding these schemes. For more information from the IRS regarding identity theft, please visit the IRS website at this link.
As a reminder, the IRS never will:
1) Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice;
2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe;
3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes;
4) Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
5) Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Furthermore, the IRS does not contact taxpayers about their personal tax issues via email, text, or social media.