Warning: IRS scammers are now attacking our money
Criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your money. The most recent attempt is to call people directly threatening them that they owe money to the IRS and if they do not pay immediately they will be prosecuted. The IRS never calls people over the phone. But the scammers have gone steps further now by mailing notices that look identical to IRS notices. These are FAKE tax bills that they tie to the Affordable Care Act. The notices state that the individual owes money and ties it to the ACT of 2014. Many of the notices now are being sent via email. Some items to note: the notices are coming out of Austin, Texas. They request money be sent to Austin Processing Center at a post office box. The IRS never will call you demanding money over the phone. They will never threaten to bring in local police or law enforcement groups to arrest you. Never will they demand you pay taxes without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal. The IRS will never require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a pre paid gift card, debit card or wire transfer.
Be aware of these scams and do not be caught off guard.