Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
In the recent months I’ve received several inquiries regarding the IRS ‘calling’ and threatening taxpayers.
These calls are not restricted to any specific type of taxpayer.
You will typically receive something in writing via postal mail (there are some exceptions). If you do owe the IRS be sure to contact them directly, ignoring a notice will not make them go away. See our blog on options for paying the IRS.
Their main number is 1.800.829.1040.
The IRS is aware of the increased scam calls. Select here to go directly to IRS.gov to learn more.
Congress authorized a new program which allows private debt collectors to collect outstanding past due ‘inactive’ account balances.
Select here to learn more about taxes collected by the private debt collection agencies.
If you or someone you know needs representation……you may contact our office at 508.203.1676.
Can I set up a payment arrangement? How do I pay my entire balance due? What if I do not have the money right now?
There are many options available to settle your balance with the IRS. Ignoring a balance due or letters from the IRS regarding payment will not make them go away. Not making arrangements to satisfy balance due may result in your account going into collections, resulting in levy or liens of your assets, your wages or your bank accounts.
Select here to see various payment options.
If you find you are unable to pay your entire balance in one payment, you may be eligible for a monthly payment arrangement. You must apply and pay a processing fee when requesting an ‘installment agreement’. Fees vary depending on installment options. Select here to apply.
What if I need to revise my previous agreement?
Occasionally, you may find it difficult to maintain your installment agreement and need to seek other payment alternatives. Select here to review options available.
If you are experiencing a financial hardship and unable to pay the IRS, a hold on your account may be an option. Select here, for options of how to place your account in a ‘currently not collectible’ status until your financial circumstances improve.
Photo Credit: http://www.mass.gov/dor/confused-by-a-notice-or-form.html
The ‘busy season’ is over but for some of you, an extension was filed. I will reach out in a few weeks to finalize your information.
Just a few final notes (may not be applicable to everyone):
I have been informed the Massachusetts’ Department of Revenue are sending random requests for information. Practitioners have been told: ‘These notices are part of the fraud prevention program at the DOR. The new tax system has caused a greater volume of notices since it has limited the Department’s ability to evaluate year-over-year returns, a process that helps identify irregularities.’ per Massachusetts Society of CPAs.
This is to verify your identity and information filed on your return. It is not an audit and you may respond by providing requested information. However, contact me so I may verify notices received.
Most requests for information are related to Earned Income Tax Credit claimed on returns. See article link below.
Shanikwa Davis, EA, MST
Principal Owner @ S. Davis Tax Consultants