IRS Shutdown Creates New Scams
The recent government shutdown has impacted the Internal Revenue Service, and all taxpayers attempting to contact them, as well.
In light of the recent shutdown, IRS collections continues to operate in an automated fashion; generating wage garnishments and bank levies for past due tax liabilities. What is not happening, though, is the ability for taxpayers – or their representatives – to resolve any of these issues with a live body within the IRS. This leaves the taxpayer and their rights impacted.
Even worse now, unscrupulous individuals and/or organizations are taking advantage of this by marketing to people with IRS debt. Identifying themselves as the IRS, they further ask for immediate payment through various forms.
A recent article in Forbes can be found here: Shutdown Gives Tax Scammers New Opportunities To Steal. Forbes alsos provide a few important tips to help identify whether the communication you’ve received is real or fake, as well as who to contact if presented with the scam.
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