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The IRS can seem scary and every Tax Season scams pop up praying on peoples fear and inexperience.  

There are many elaborate scams people use; from telephone Scams regarding owing the IRS back taxes to emails with an IRS address.  Please contact Padden Cooper anytime the IRS contacts you so we can help you identify fraud.

Some Helpful hints when it comes to the IRS Scams

  • The IRS does not operate using aggressive high pressure tactics or demand money over the phone. Most callers state they are with the IRS and demand immediate payment or you will be arrested.  No Law Enforcement Agency will demand payment over the phone. DO NOT send money via Western Union or by Green Dot Credit Card. When in doubt, call any of the following numbers for help.
    • Your local police department.
    • CID with the IRS: 732-761-3381
    • Our Medford, NJ office at 609-953-1400

  • If the IRS ever calls you (which is rare), they will call from their local office not from out of state. 


Latest Scam Alert:

Consumers and Tax Professionals Targeted in IRS E-mail Schemes:  The IRS has seen an approximate 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into responding to official communications that lead to websites designed to imitate official looking websites. The sites ask for social security numbers and other personal information. The sites also carry malware which infect computers and allow criminals to access files or track keystrokes to gain information. "While more attention has focused on the continuing IRS phone scams, we are deeply worried this increase in email schemes threatens more taxpayers," Koskinen said. Tax professionals also are reporting phishing schemes to obtain their online credentials. If a taxpayer receives an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS e-services portal or an organization closely linked to the IRS, report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov. IR-2016-28.