In 2013, the IRS released a statement regarding taxpayers, both local and foreign, about paying their dues via card or wire transfer. To be accurate, these issues can get quite complex and intractable, so the IRS all too familiar with the loopholes. They also repeated the warning in 2014, reiterating that the IRS wouldn’t go to great extremes just to make you pay your dues.
The guideline, indeed, are worth reiterating once more. As a taxpayer, whether individual or business, you have the right to know the following:
- The IRS won’t ask for payments to be made via credit or wire transfer, let alone ask for credit card information. Scammers may use the same toll-free number the IRS uses, but phone calls aren’t a mode of tax collection.
- In relation to the first item, the IRS won’t ask for any other sensitive information (e.g. Social Security Numbers, PINs).
- The IRS won’t threaten taxpayers with outstanding dues with arrest or suspension of business or driver’s licenses, as well as deportation (for foreigners).
- The IRS only operates one website: IRS.gov.
- A call from the IRS won’t be followed with a call from the DMV or local police, which usually follows the official number, in a span of seconds or minutes (unless it’s a non-tax-related matter).
It’s during these situations that a review of your rights as a taxpayer is necessary. The IRS may be scary at times, but they’re anything but charlatans.