Department of Revenue (DOR) is warning taxpayers to be on alert when getting
phone calls claiming they have unpaid tax bills.
These phone calls
are often scams designed to threaten individuals with some sort of law
enforcement or legal action in order to get them to send money towards bogus
“If you get a phone
call claiming to be someone from DOR or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
that demands payment on a bill immediately, be suspicious,” DOR Commissioner
Adam Krupp is advising. “Be extra leery if payment is requested through wire
transfer, prepaid debit cards, or gift cards. Neither agency will accept
payments in these forms or threaten a taxpayer for not paying.”
government’s Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
reports that 14,700 victims have paid more than $72 million as a result of
phone scams since 2013.
“Remember, if you
have an outstanding liability with the State of Indiana, DOR will contact
you first by mail,” Krupp said. “If Hoosiers ever have questions about
correspondence from either tax agency--DOR or the IRS--they should call that
agency directly to clear up any discrepancies or confirm which actions they
need to take.”
Customers should be
aware that DOR and the IRS will never do the following:
immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit
card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the taxpayer will receive a
bill in the mail if taxes are owed.
pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
--Threaten to bring
in local police, immigration officers, or other law enforcement to have the
taxpayer arrested for refusing payment.
revoke a taxpayer’s driver’s license, business licenses or immigration
status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick
victims into buying into their schemes.
--Call about an
If taxpayers think
they are the target of a phone scam, the should not give the caller any
personal information and hang up immediately. Then call TIGTA at (800)
366-4484 or report to DOR at email@example.com or (317) 232-2240.
To confirm any
claims made by a potential scammer, contact the IRS at 1(800) 829-1040 or
DOR Customer Service at (317) 232-2240, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday