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Yes, the IRS Might Actually Call You (and How to Know It’s Not a Scam)

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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…

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