With tax season in full swing, the IRS is warning taxpayers about a huge nationwide scam in which fake IRS agents call people on the phone, demand payments and threaten them with jail if they don't pay.
Some tips from the IRS to void the scam:
—The IRS will never call you on the phone to demand immediate payment.
—The IRS will never call about taxes owed without first mailing you a notice.
—The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount the agency says you owe.
—The IRS will never require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
—The IRS will never ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.
—The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what the IRS says you should do:
—If you think you might owe back taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
—If you know you don't owe taxes, report the incident to the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, at 1-800-366-4484, or online at www.tigta.gov .