There have been an abundance of tax scams in the recent months. It is important for the public to know that the Internal Revenue Service does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
Do not respond to these inquiries as they are a scam. Most of the correspondence, regardless of the way you are contacted, indicates that you must pay the debt immediately or a lien/levy will be placed on you and your income.
The IRS is dedicated to protecting your identity and they are constantly improving their procedures to prevent these types of scams.
The IRS will only contact you by mail and it will be an official notice normally identified as a CP2000. If you receive a notice in the mail from the IRS, before you do anything else, verify that the actual phone number indicated on the notice is indeed the IRS. You can do this verification by going to or contacting 1-800-829-1040.
Under no circumstance should you make a payment over the phone with your credit or debit card or give them your bank information. Additional information about reporting phishing and online scams can be found at
If you have questions about a notice from the IRS or any other state tax agency, contact the Fort Bragg Tax Center at 396-1040.