Is the IRS Knocking on My Door?

“Knock, knock.”


“Who’s there?”


“An IRS agent.”


It may sound like a joke, but the IRS warns taxpayers of potential scammers posing as representatives of the taxing agency in person, on the phone, and by email.


Before opening the door, first read these 5 facts about how or when the IRS makes in-person contacts.


  1. The agency initiates most of its taxpayer contacts by regular mail.


  1. The IRS will only visit your home or business when you have an overdue tax bill, when the agency must secure a delinquent tax return or employment tax payment, to tour a business as part of an audit, or to conduct a criminal investigation.


  1. IRS revenue officers carry 2 forms of identification with serial numbers.


  1. Private collection agencies contracted by the IRS to collect a debt will never visit your home or business.


  1. The IRS will not ask you to make payments to anyone except the U.S. Department of Treasury.


If you believe you’ve been visited by someone impersonating an IRS agent, visit for information about reporting the incident.


*This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.


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