I received a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS. He said I owe back taxes for 2013. How can I verify if this is real or a scam?

The caller said I can be arrested if I do not pay the $3,000 that I owe.

Asked by gospdrcr77

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Answered by Dave Bradley, Investment Manager (Financial Advisor) in North Charleston, SC
Sadly, there are many scams. Their target is primarily anyone they can scam. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO A STRANGER THAT CALLS YOU UNLESS YOU VERIFY THE CALLER.

When in doubt, get the person's name, identification number, phone number, and any other specific information about why they are calling and whom they represent. Then politely request to verify the information and call them back after doing so.

To be clear - If you owe back taxes, you should contact the IRS directly to discuss payment options. If you dispute the amount you owe, contact your tax advisor or us directly to discuss.

The IRS is not law enforcement. They have no authority to arrest you for anything. They can work with law enforcement for criminal acts.

IRS phone numbers:
Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. Puerto Rico phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

Individuals:
800-829-1040

Businesses:
800-829-4933

People with hearing impairments:
800-829-4059 (TDD)

Exempt organizations, retirement plan administrators, and government:
877-829-5500 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time)

Estate and gift:
866-699-4083 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time)

Excise tax function:
866-699-4096 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time)

There is also assistance for callers outside the US.
https://www.irs.gov/uac/Telephone-Assistance

You may contact us directly for more information or to discuss your situation in greater detail. No obligation.

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Answered by David Skow, Mortgage BrokerPRO+ in Seattle , WA
This is a scam. | 05.03.16 @ 19:18
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 12.04.16 @ 08:34
Answered by MoneyTips Writing Staff, Financial Adviser in Los Angeles, CA
The IRS recently revealed the top tax scams of 2016, which included phone scams. To read more about it, check out our article: http://www.moneytips.com/irs-reveals-the-top-tax-scams-of-2016 | 05.10.16 @ 10:35
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