The IRS warns about not emailing documents with Social Security numbers included. That is why we prefer that you use our portal to upload documents to us, and we use it to deliver confidential information to you. Identity theft is still a hot-button issue.
Protect yourself and those you love from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. We've had multiple clients – and one staff member – experience this in the last year. These people are professional con artists and very convincing. They even spoof their caller ID to an IRS phone number in Washington, D.C.
The IRS will never:
1. call to demand payment without first having mailed you a bill.
2. require a certain method of payment, such as prepaid credit card, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
3. threaten to send local police to have you arrested for not paying.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
Additionally, there have been several high-profile thefts of large quantities of personal information in the local area, including Premera and the Seattle Archdiocese, that may have exposed your information to fraudsters. Be alert to unusual calls, emails or correspondence.
Visit www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts for more information.