The Internal Revenue Service has issued several updates on the latest IRS tax scams.  As previously reported, in January, 2016, the IRS warned all taxpayers about a massive telephone scam being committed by a ring of professional criminals claiming to be IRS Revenue Agents and demanding money.  In May, 2016, J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration, announced the arrests of five individuals involved in a fraudulent criminal scheme to impersonate IRS agents that defrauded victims of over $2,000,000.  Since that time additional unrelated scammers have been arrested by IRS Revenue Agents.  These arrests indicate the IRS is making "significant progress" against the IRS Revenue Agent impersonators.

In another development, in June, 2016, the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration warned that callers impersonating IRS agents are now demanding payment on iTunes gift cards and other pre-paid gift cards, including Green Dot PrePaid cards, MoneyPak Prepaid cards, Reloadit PrePaid debit cards and other prepaid cards.  Anyone who calls you claiming to be an IRS agent demanding payment is a CRIMINAL TRYING TO STEAL YOUR MONEY.  The IRS does NOT call taxpayers, rather, the IRS sends a Notice in the mail.

Most recently, the IRS has warned about the latest criminal scam which involves fake IRS notices sent via e-mail to victims demanding payment of taxes related to the Affordable Care Act.  IRS Notices are NEVER sent by e-mail.  All of the fake IRS Notices were sent from an Austin, Texas, address and ask for information about coverage under the Affordable Care Act during 2014.  Also, the phony IRS Notices demand payment to the "I.R.S."  In fact, the IRS always asks that payment be made to the "United States Treasury".

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS asking for a payment, or your credit card or bank information, you should hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040.  Also, you can file a complaint with either the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration at www.TIGTA.gov or by calling TIGTA at 800-366-4484, or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov