If you get an unexpected phone call from the IRS, it’s probably a scam to steal your money and personal information. Learn more about protecting yourself from IRS phone scams.
If you receive an unexpected phone call about your taxes, it’s probably a scam.
Signs of IRS impersonation scams
To trick you, scammers may:
- Give fake names and IRS badge numbers
- Hang up and call you later pretending to be police officers
- Know some details about you (such as the last 4 digits of your Social Security number)
- Make a “robo-call” that tells you to return the call
- Spoof their phone number
Real IRS agents will never:
- Demand immediate payment using a specific method (such as debit card, gift card or wire transfer)
- Threaten to send the police or revoke your driver’s license
- Ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone
- Call about an unexpected refund
If you actually owe taxes, the IRS will usually mail you a bill.
What to do if you receive a suspicious IRS call
If you receive a suspicious IRS call, you should hang up immediately. Do not give any information to the caller.
Next, you should report the call to:
- The IRS. Email details about the call to [email protected]. Use the subject line “IRS Phone Scam.”
- Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use their website to report an IRS scam or call (800) 366-4484.
- The Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC's online tool to submit a report. Include “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
What to do if you owe taxes
If you think you may owe taxes, you should: