You receive a call at home telling you this is your final notice from the IRS and that the IRS is going to file a lawsuit for taxes owed. This call is a scam.

The IRS will never telephone you unsolicited. Do not call the number back. Note that the IRS handles most correspondence by mail.

Unfortunately, IRS scams are commonplace. Though incidents tend to rise during tax season, when people worry about owing money, they may occur all year round. If there’s any doubt about a call, it’s better to err on the side of caution and not provide any information to the caller.

People may also be targeted by email. Email scams often look real, using fake look-alike IRS logos.  It’s important to note that the IRS will never contact you by email.

Always protect your identity. Do not share personal information over the phone or via email.

You may call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the caller is legitimate.  Report scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at

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