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THE IRS ISN’T CALLING YOU!

That’s not the way they contact people. If you are going to hear from them, it is almost certainly by letter.


It’s tax season again. The NH Attorney General, AARP, the IRS and other organizations have been reminding us to be aware of all the scams that arise at this time of year. The NH AG reports that the most common scheme they hear about is people calling and claiming to be from the IRS when they aren’t. Reports of these schemes doubled from 471 to 984 from 2017 to 2018. The callers may demand immediate payment for delinquent taxes. They may threaten you with wage garnishment or even arrest.


This just isn’t the way they operate. If you owe taxes, you will get a letter, which will also inform you of your right to appeal and other legal rights you may have. The IRS also does not demand personal or financial information by email, and they do not accept payment over the telephone.


If you seek help preparing your taxes, watch out for “ghost preparers.” A legitimate tax preparer will have a 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number. They will also sign the return as a preparer. A ghost preparer will not sign the return. They may charge you a fee based on a percentage of your refund and then include fake deductions to boost the refund you claim. They may even direct your refund into their bank account instead of yours.


Paying the taxes we actually owe can be painful enough by itself! So it’s good to be aware of these scams, which would make the experience far worse.

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