Every single year, there are thousands of scammers who try to trick people over the phone. The IRS has warned against this multiple times but the bad guys continue to do it.
Often, the scams revolve around people on the phone saying you owe taxes. They often try to scare you into the penalties (even threatening jail) unless you send them money.
Some of these IRS phone scams are quite sophisticated, too. The caller ID may be spoofed to look like official IRS numbers. The scammers may also have accurate information about you—things you’d think that only the IRS would know.
The IRS will sometimes call you but this is often after they’ve contacted you through other means or if you’ve requested a call. The IRS will never:
Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official IRS notice
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
Require a certain 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 to have you arrested for not paying
1. What if I dispute my IRS tax bill?
The only dispute would be because the IRS records differ from your records and you need to reconcile them by filing the proper documents. Once the proper documents are filed there will be no dispute.
2. What if the IRS lied to me?
Unfortunately, the IRS is not allowed to help you prepare your case. They don’t have to tell you the truth about the case and there’s not much you can do if the IRS misleads you. In reality, you must protect yourself. What you perceive as an IRS lie, the IRS perceives as advocacy. So, you need an advocate yourself. That’s why we are the Taxpayer’s Advocate Against the IRS!
The official IRS phone number is 800-829-1040, but that’s not the only number you can dial to get help or speak to a live person. Few people know there are other IRS phone numbers to try. We’ve gathered a range of them to so that you can reach precisely the people you need.
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