I’ve been getting quite a few calls these past few months from panicked people after they have received a phone call from the “IRS”.  The “IRS” agent begins to threaten the taxpayer with stories of jail and lawsuits unless they pay a fine immediately.  In some cases they say they are sending police officers to come and take the taxpayer away to jail in the next 15 minutes unless the fine is paid by credit or debit card.  Sounds scary, right?

If these calls were true and legitimate it certainly would be.  The only problem is that these calls are a hoax.  The real IRS will never call you on the telephone unless you specifically request it, in writing.  And even then there is no guarantee.  And they certainly will never threaten you with a lawsuit or jail.  The real IRS only communicates via “snail mail” and occasionally fax, by request.  So, if you, or anyone you know, receives one of these calls from the so called “IRS” just hang up the phone immediately and go about your day.  Don’t give them any of your time.  I hope this clears up some things for you and your friends and family.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.  Thanks.