As the tax deadline approaches, we expect to hear of an increase in scammers trying to trick taxpayers into giving out personal information or convincing them that they owe the IRS money. There are variations on these scams, but the most important thing to know is that the IRS will NEVER initially contact you in person, over the telephone, or via email. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail, delivered by the United States Postal Service.
If an IRS representative ever does contact you in person, they must provide two forms of official credentials: a “pocket commission” and an HSPD-12 ID card.
The IRS will never demand immediate payment for taxes due (this is a sure sign of a scam). It will always ask that you pay taxes via a check made payable to the US Treasury or via the IRS website, www.irs.gov/payments.
Finally, we would like to also remind you that you should never email us any personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, and passport numbers. Email is not a secure means of communication. We ask that any important personal information come to us via our portal, through a phone call, or in the U.S. mail. Thank you for helping us keep your information safe.