Tax season and scamming: What you need to know

It’s officially tax season, and while we all may be groaning as we compile our paperwork to file, we wanted to also remind you that you may see an uptick in strange phone calls or emails.

Oftentimes, scammers will take the opportunity and sometimes heightened stress of tax season to call or email you. They will claim that they are IRS representatives and that you owe money. First and foremost, the IRS will never call you to demand payment. They will always send information by mail first.

Over the years, we have heard from several victims that callers were intimidating, using scare tactics to get them to pay them money. The scammers have specifically asked for credit card or debit card numbers, stating that would be the only way to reconcile the situation. The IRS will never require you to pay a certain way when it comes to your taxes, and they will never ask for your credit card information.

If you receive one of these phone calls, don’t answer any questions. Hang up immediately. If you are receiving a call from a number you don’t recognize, don’t answer it. Let the caller leave you a message. If you get a threatening email from a scammer, don’t reply.

You can report these scammers. To do so, contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484. You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. More information on this can be found at: www.irs.gov.

You can also reach out to us. We are available for an in-person report from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. You can file a report online at mvpd.gov. You can also call us at 650-903-6395 to file a report.

No one should be a victim of these scams, and we hope that this information helps you not only over the next couple of months, but in any scamming situation. If you have any additional questions, just let us know!

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