How Does The IRS Contact People


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One of the recent IRS Summertime Tax Tips is a good reference tool – ‘How Does The IRS Contact People?”  The tip tells you when an IRS agent or revenue officer may visit your home or business, initiate contact via telephone as well as send correspondence.  The IRS does not start conversations via text or social media (new tax scams have been trying this).

Also, any payments made for taxes must be made to the United States Treasury and do not involve purchasing prepaid credit/gift cards.

The article also recommends asking for credentials and other resources you can look up.

In this day of online scams coupled with spoofed phone numbers, you can never be too safe!

Please check out this Summertime Tax Tip.

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Cheers!

Thomas C. Hodge
Founder

Hodge Group LLC
3943 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

773.237.6369

First e-mail scam of the tax season


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First new IRS Scam e-mail popped into my inbox. Says there’s been an identity theft indicator on my account and references a CP01 Notice (this is an actual notice ID from the IRS about identity theft.

So, how do I know it’s bogus? First off, the IRS NEVER uses e-mail as a contact method – always postal service with signature or delivery confirmation. 2nd, it was sent to info@(my website), not a name, and lastly, the email to click on is forccis.com.br and the BR portion means Brazil…

I’m about to report this to the IRS as a phising scam. If you don’t know how to respond to scams like this, please check my blog post at: https://tomhodgecpa.wordpress.com/…/gotten-a-suspicious-ca…/

Please share this far & wide! There’s too many scams out there. Protect yourself as well as friends & family.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts below:

Cheers!

Thomas C. Hodge
Founder

Hodge Group LLC
3943 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

773.237.6369

IRS Agents Don’t Accept Payment Over The Phone


In recent years, many clients, friends & total strangers have reached out about getting calls ‘From The IRS’, demanding payment or a lawsuit will be filed, IRS (or police) are on their way to arrest you, or something similar unless you give them a credit card to pay the tax bill right now.  I always calm them down, explain how these calls aren’t from the IRS and are from scammers.  I’ve written posts about these scams in the past & how you can report the calls to the IRS – you can find that post here.

Recently IIMG_1277 heard something that should also ease your fears – while holding for an IRS agent and suffering through the hold music, there was an announcement I’d not heard before:  “Please be advised that IRS employees may not accept payments over the phone, only via mail, online through www.irs.gov, or in person”.  Seems the IRS has gotten the hint and are letting people know what methods may be be used for payments are made to the IRS.   Although not everyone will be on hold with the IRS to hear this announcement, kudos to them for finding a way to let the public know,

Seems almost everywhere we turn, there’s some new scam going on – it’s always good to be careful and keep up to date when new scams come to light.  Please feel free to share this post with your friends!

Please let me know if you’ve got any questions – lots of people get nervous (understandably!) when receiving a call from the IRS.  Please write your comments or questions below.

Cheers!

Thomas C. Hodge
President

Hodge Group LLC
3943 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

773.237.6369

www.thehodgegroup.com

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