Security Awareness: Student IRS Tax Scam Alert

The Internal Revenue Service last week issued a warning to taxpayers about bogus phone calls from IRS impersonators demanding payment for a non-existent tax, the “Federal Student Tax.”

Examples of the varied tactics seen this year are:

  • Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes gift card
  • Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals (IR-2016-34
  • “Verifying” tax return information over the phone (IR-2016-40
  • Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry (IR-2016-28

The IRS urges taxpayers to stay vigilant against these calls and to know the telltale signs of a scam demanding payment.

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.

For more information please see the below link for details and guidance.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-warns-of-latest-scam-variation-involving-bogus-federal-student-tax

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