Woman dismisses IRS house call as scam, but ends up paying for it


When Kathy Robbins found a IRS business card attached to a note and taped to her mailbox, she dismissed it as as scam.

“It just didn’t look right,” she said. “I’ve never heard of any legitimate IRS communication where you just take an [sic] unclosed document and Scotch tape it on someone’s mailbox.”

Robbins, who had decided she would not fall for any IRS scam, reviewed the card.  She said the card “didn’t really look too professional, but it did have professional tones to it.”

She set about warning others, upset by the attempt and shocked that the scammers went to her home.

“I’m just hoping that we can get the word out and it won’t continue,” she said of her efforts.

Unfortunately for the careful Charlotte, North Carolina resident, the IRS really was trying to contact her and the agent on the card was a real IRS officer.

Apparently, IRS officers will make “house calls”. According to their website:

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

If they do show up at a house, they might “leave their business card and a copy of the original notice in someone’s mailbox or on their door.” However, real IRS officer will always have two forms of official identification to show you, including a federal ID and not just a business card.

According to the IRS, they will never demand immediate payment or threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.  For more information and tips, visit irs.gov.

As for Robbins, she has a late tax return that she’s now aware of and paying.

H/T: ABC Charolette

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