You’ve probably heard that the IRS will never call you under any circumstances, and that anyone claiming to be an agent from the agency is trying to scam you. That’s a myth—the IRS actually might call you, especially when there’s a large backlog of tax returns like we’re dealing with now. Yet scams are rampant, too—so how do you know what’s real or not?
How to tell if a call is actually from the IRS
The IRS prefers to contact tax filers by mail first, but they might call you if you haven’t responded to their letters. According to H&R Block, the agency will typically call you for two reasons:
- You owe large amounts of back taxes
- You’re subject to a field audit
If you haven’t received any mail from the IRS prior to receiving a phone call, it might be a fake. It’s also possible that a private debt collector will call you on the IRS’ behalf, but whether it’s a collector or the…