Yes, it’s everywhere now. In the world of never-ending diseases, this is the most dreadful one. It’s not to be treated by medicine rather by awareness. It’s time to be responsible and keep you aware of such calls. “SCAM” calls have increased and the threats are at a greater level. A News article very recently reported an incident of a SCAM call pretending to be from the IRS! A very elderly lady to be ripped off of hundreds of thousands. Luckily a cab driver while conversing with the customer (Victim) while dropping her off found to be it was a scam and directed the elderly lady to seek police officials.
Now, what it is for us to write on this issue? Well, as our esteemed customers it is to keep you informed about this and give some pointers on how to be aware of such calls. So will the IRS ever call you over the phone? Not mostly but yes on certain circumstances. The IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as:
- When a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill,
- To secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or
- To tour a business, for example, as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.
Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive a letter or sometimes more than one letter, often called notices, from the IRS in the mail.
The IRS will not demand people of specific payment methods such as prepaid debit cards or wire transfer The IRS will not ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone. For people who owe taxes, make payments to the U.S. Treasury or review IRS.gov/payments for IRS online options. The IRS does not demand immediate payment, the IRS allows taxpayers can appeal or question what they owe. All taxpayers are advised to know their rights as a taxpayer. The IRS notably the IRS doesn’t threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law enforcement agencies to arrest people for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke a license or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into believing their schemes.
As a registered e-filing service provider it’s our duty to give our customers the note of authenticity as truckdues.com is a company listed in the IRS official e-filing service provider list https://www.irs.gov/e-file-providers/tax-year-2019-2290-modernized-e-file-mef-providers. Hope this was a useful awareness blog that would have helped you stay away from such contacts. Until next time with some timely updates for our dear truckers! Happy trucking and a safe one as well!