NEW IRS Scam – new twist using the EFTPS System

Last week the IRS came out with yet another warning. It seems that the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) has been linked to a new scam. In this scam (like many others) they are asking for an immediate payment via a prepaid debit card. In a new twist, the scam artist sends a certified letter to the victim (supposedly from the IRS) demanding payment and that their account is linked to the EFTPS system. The victim is told that this will be their only warning, and then the IRS will arrest them without payment. The scam artist also states that the victim should NOT contact their tax preparer, attorney, or local IRS agency.

“This is a new twist to an old scam,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”

The following items were taken from www.irs.gov as a “Tell Tale Sign of a Scam”

The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

The IRS does not email, text message, or use social media to contact you. They will always send certified mail asking you to contact them. If you think you have received an IRS letter, please feel free to contact me or my firm, and we will help you!

Ben Golden

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