Scammers who pretend to be from the IRS are calling people and telling them that they owe money. A big red flag for these scams is an angry, threatening call from someone urging immediate payment. This is not how the IRS operates. Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.
Additionally, it is important for taxpayers to know that the IRS: ● Never asks for credit card or debit card information over the telephone. ● Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations. ● Never requests immediate payment over the telephone. ● Never asks for PINs, passwords, or similar confidential access information.