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Have You Received a Phone Call from the "IRS" Recently?

The answer is no because the IRS does not call - they mail notices and letters. If you receive a call from someone claiming that you owe money to the IRS (or anyone else) remember never to give personal information such as your Social Security number, birth date, credit card number, etc. to anyone who calls you.

The IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages, or any social media to discuss your personal taxes. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will never do:

  • Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
  • Call you about taxes you owe without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require that you use a specified payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement units to have you arrested for not paying.


If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 1-800-366-4484 or online at