July 15, 2020 - Douglas Myser

Summer tax scam alert. The IRS has issued a warning for summer tax scams, even though the tax filing season is just starting for most citizens and business owners. Being cautious and alert regarding new summer tax scams, and being prepared ahead of time is what the IRS is trying to accomplish by educating the public. Summer tax scam alert

A new scam, called the EFTPS scam, which is linked to the the Electronic Tax Payment System, has been reported across the country where scammers call and ask for money immediately to satisfy a tax payment that is owed. Callers of this scam, pretend to be from the IRS and ask for money, stating that a Certified letter was sent and not responded to. They then threaten to person on the phone with jail, by telling them that the police are on the way, unless they make an immediate payment. This is one of the oldest summer tax scams. Summer tax scam alert.

The robo scam is a pre-recorded message, which the IRS never makes, asking for money, and making the same type of threats as the ETPS scam. These scammers are also now pretending to be from private debt collection agencies, as they know the IRS has recently begun to use private debt collection agencies. They threaten the same type of aggressive tactics as the other summer tax scams.

A newer summer tax scam is targeting people with limited english language skills. They are also sending these individual taxpayers phishing emails over the internet, and threatening them with deportation, unless they make a payment over the phone. Many of these individuals are unaware of how the U.S. tax system works and end up being victimized by aggressive, unethical criminals.

The signs that give away a phone scammer include, they always call to demand payment over the phone. The IRS will never call and ask for payment over the phone. The IRS always initiates contact by mail first. Scammers threaten to bring the police in right away, and the IRS does not do that. The IRS also does not threaten or have anything to do with deportation. They are a tax agency. The scammer will always ask for a credit or debit card, the IRS does not do that, ever.

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