The frequency of fraudulent calls by individuals posing as IRS or United States Treasury officials seems to be on the rise this time of year. This observation is based on our experience here at Marvin and Company as we recently noticed an increase in client calls to us regarding this type of activity.
This article summarizes important information on how to respond in the event you are contacted by someone stating they are from the IRS, United States Treasury or other state or local taxing authority.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a taxing authority,
If you receive a suspicious email from someone claiming to be from a taxing authority,
If you receive a letter, notice, or form via regular mail claiming to be from a taxing authority,
Please send a copy of the letter, notice or form to your Marvin and Company, P.C. representative for review. We will then determine the legitimacy of the inquiry and determine what action steps need to be taken. Do not reply with any personal or financial information if you suspect the letter, notice, or form is fraudulent.
Conclusion: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone or email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. These are fraudulent inquiries. Additional information from the IRS on how to protect your personal information is available on the IRS website www.irs.gov in the “Taxpayer Guide To Identity Theft” and in IRS Publication 4524, “Security Awareness For Taxpayers.” We would be happy to send you copies of these publications upon request.
It is important to remain vigilant in securing and protecting one’s information. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Marvin and Company, P.C. representative.