Tax Season 2018 – What the IRS Won’t Do!

Published On February 27, 2018 | By Tom Huskerson | Now You Know, Tax Season

To keep from becoming a victim during tax season you have to know whats happening. Dealing with the IRS is rarely fun. So you need to know what to do when you hear from them. Most importantly you need to know how the IRS makes contact. Here’s a hint, they don’t email or call to demand payment.

Let me make this perfectly clear to you; there are things the IRS will definitely not do. Here a few facts you need to understand;

  • The IRS does not come to your door and demand immediate payment.
  • The IRS does not threaten to report you to the cops or the immigration authorities.
  • The IRS does not initiate any sort of communication through email.
  • The IRS does not demand that you pay taxes without providing you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount the IRS claims you owe.
  • The IRS does not require that you use a specific payment type for taxes owed, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • The IRS does not ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS does not threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay your tax bill.
  • The IRS does not threaten to suspend or revoke your driver’s or business license if you don’t pay your taxes.
  • The IRS does not ask you to update your IRS e-file or to provide personal and/or financial information by clicking on a link contained in an email or text.
  • The IRS does not inform you by phone or email of an upcoming IRS audit.
  • The IRS does not ask  you (via phone or email) to verify or provide your Social Security Number, bank account number(s), PINs or passwords, or other personal/financial information so they can process your return.

Keep that list handy because these are all the ways the scammers will operate. It is not uncommon for them to attempt to intimidate you using any of these methods so being aware is vitally important. Remember that if anyone claiming to be the IRS contacts you you should be the one asking the questions until you are satisfied they are who they say the are. 

Now you know.

 

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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