How to know if it is really the IRS

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether it is truly from an IRS employee. The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information

Telltale Signs of a IRS Scam

THE IRS (AND ITS AUTHORIZED PRIVATE COLLECTION AGENCIES) WILL NEVER: CALL TO DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT USING A SPECIFIC PAYMENT METHOD SUCH AS A PREPAID DEBIT CARD, GIFT CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER. THE IRS DOES NOT USE THESE METHODS FOR TAX PAYMENTS. GENERALLY, THE IRS WILL FIRST MAIL A BILL TO ANY TAXPAYER WHO OWES TAXES. ALL TAX PAYMENTS SHOULD ONLY BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE U.S. TREASURY AND CHECKS SHOULD NEVER BE MADE PAYABLE TO