If you get a call from someone saying they’re from the IRS, it’s a pretty good chance they’re trying to rip you off. That’s one tip to take to heart from a recent essay in the New York Times. Here’s another: The Fort Lauderdale accountants of Sterling Accounting can help you make sure your taxes are in order.
As to those phone calls, the Times reports:
I read a lot of government news releases, so trust me on this.
In the latest batch, the I.R.S. tells us that many swindles begin with a threatening phone call from the agency. Or, rather, a call that’s supposed to be from the I.R.S.
This should be your first clue, however, that something is wrong: The I.R.S. doesn’t call you. It just doesn’t reach out to people that way. They are kind of like that Jimmy Buffett song, “If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me.”
They reach out, almost always, through the mail. After all, somebody’s got to keep the United States Postal Service in business. In the rare instances when the agency might call about an overdue tax return, the agency wants you to know, you will have received letters first.
Another tip from the article: If you get a communication from the IRS asking that you call them, it’s probably not really the IRS. According to the Times:
Not only will tax agents not call you, the I.R.S. makes it painfully clear that it would rather you not call, either. The signals aren’t even subtle. In a recent news release about “early filing season myths,” a number of the purported myths come down to: Don’t call us. Not as in “Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” but “Don’t call. We mean it.”
Take myth No. 4, which is about whether calling the I.R.S. will get you a better refund date. Answer: No. Or No. 5: “Calling the I.R.S. Is the Most Convenient Way to Get Answers to Tax or Refund Questions.” Again, nope, nope, nope. Because baby, they’re just not that into you.
One way to make sure you’re not getting in trouble with the IRS is to consult with professionals like the Fort Lauderdale accountants at Sterling Accounting.