The IRS has recently issued a warning to taxpayers about scam phone calls from an IRS impersonator demanding payment for a non-existent “Federal Student Tax”.
The scammer typically has a piece of personal information, such as the last four digits of a Social Security number or the name of a school attended, which makes the call seem legitimate.
The Federal Student Tax is fake; and, if you receive such a call, it should be reported.
Reminder, the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.