The Iowa City Police Department is reminding people to be cautious of scams during tax season, including scammers impersonating federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment over the phone
- Call about taxes owed without having first mailed a bill
- Threaten to call law enforcement and have you arrested for not paying
- Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed
- Require a specific payment method, like a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer
- Ask for credit or debit card information over the phone
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS official that is asking for money, but you do not owe taxes, do not give them any information and hang up the phone immediately.
Report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration online or by calling 800-366-4484. It should also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission, using FTC Complaint Assistance. Include “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
If you think you owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.