Working 4 You: IRS back taxes scam


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With the tax filing deadline passing earlier this week, the Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning about potential calls from someone pretending to be with the IRS. According to the BBB, scammers are calling people and saying they owe back taxes. 

Janet Robb, Arkansas BBB President and CEO, said there are only four BBB accredited businesses that are authorized to call on behalf of the IRS.  Those businesses can be verified on the BBB website. 

She suggested if you get a call from someone saying you owe back taxes, it’s best to hang up and call the IRS directly. The IRS will be able to tell you if you owe any back taxes. The IRS will also be able to help you set up a payment plan if you do owe back taxes. If the caller is asking for bank information, Robb said to ask for them to mail you a bank statement. 

“Scam artists do not want to send things through the mail. They don’t like the idea of mail fraud charges and they’re much easier to track down once they go through the Postal Service,” Robb said. 

If you are a victim of this type of scam or any scam that you’d like investigated, email Ashlei King.

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