IRS concerns about scams and identity theft don't extend only to taxpayers. Criminals also impersonate IRS officials in efforts to take your money or gain your confidential tax information. Most of us have received or heard about bogus phone calls from these scammers, but sometimes they go the extra mile and show up at your doorstep.
The IRS will almost always initiate contact by mail, but in rare circumstances they will show up unannounced at your home or business. When they do, although they may demand payment to the US Treasury, they will not do the following.
The IRS may show up unannounced as part of a collection effort or audit, but only after having already contacted you by mail. IRS criminal investigators may arrive unannounced while conducting an investigation, but these federal law enforcement agents will only investigate, and will not demand payment.
Don't get scammed. Have the knowledge you need so when something like this happens you know what is your next step.
For more information about this topic you can contact us, or read about it at the IRS website.
The tax deadline has now passed, and with it all the pain of filing and paying taxes for 2016. Well, sort of.
In a classic scene from The Lion King, Simba is afraid to return to his home because of his past. Then the wise Rafiki hits Simba on the head.
Simba: Ow! Jeez! What was that for!?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter! It's in the past!
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh, yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
Tax time can be painful, but it can also be a great time to learn about what to do in the future. Don't repeat your pains from last year.
Rafiki then tries to hit Simba again, but this time Simba ducks.
Rafiki: Ha! You see! So what are you going to do!?
Let us help you learn from the past, and together we can determine your next step to a better future. So what are you going to do?
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