IRS Phone Call Scams

It's 2017 tax filing season and Redmond has received a few IRS Tax Scam calls already.  Agent impersonators are calling citizens and demanding payment, sometimes threatening police arrest, deportation and license revocation.

Scam artists often alter caller ID numbers to make it appear like the IRS is calling and use fake names and badge numbers. The criminals rely on such threats to scare citizens into providing their financial information. Those whose first language is not English and the elderly community are among the most commonly targeted groups.

The IRS will never initiate first contact with taxpayers over the phone; notification is typically made via mail. 

The IRS will never:

Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

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.
Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at

If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.