Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco wants residents to be on alert for tax season scammers who may attempt to obtain copies of your W-2 forms, file your taxes and steal your refunds. This may happen in the form of official sounding phone calls asking you or your employer for copies of W-2s, or through email phishing scams that ask for personal and employment-related information.
If you receive such an email, report it to the Internal Revenue Service by sending a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org with “W-2 Scam” in the subject line. You can also call the special hotline set up by the Treasury Inspector General’s Office at 800-366-4484 or visit them online at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report.shtml.
Another common IRS scam involves phone solicitors calling people to demand money to pay for taxes. These callers can be very aggressive and typically threaten to arrest people who do not meet their demands. Here are five tactics that scammers often use but the IRS will not do. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately.
If you do owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, simply call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers will answer any questions.
The IRS will never:
•Call to demand immediate payment,
norwill the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
•Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
•Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
•Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
•Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.