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Many taxpayers have received communications by impostors pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service. Most of these communications have been through threatening telephone calls or emails requesting personal information and/or payment. The IRS communicates with taxpayers via regular USPS mail with few exceptions. Even then, those exceptions will be preceded by IRS notices. Click here for an official IRS explanation of how they communicate with taxpayers. Above all, the IRS has protocol to follow when asking for payment as opposed to acting belligerent and demanding. If you suspect you have been contacted by a scammer impersonating the IRS, click here for how to report income tax scams.
Click here and read the section titled Scams Targeting Taxpayers, to see the most common forms of tax scams.
The Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers that there are now more secure options for conducting their business.
Georgia Tax Center
The Georgia Department of Revenue has also been affected by fraudulent tax returns and has taken measures to minimize this fraud. The Department strongly recommends that Georgia taxpayers take advantage of the Georgia Tax Center and register. Taxpayers can use the site to pay state income tax, estimated tax, sales and use tax and numerous other fees and taxes. If someone tries to file a return in your name, the GTC will notify you. Also, your return can be viewed online.