Do not! I repeat “Do Not” answer calls or emails that say on your caller ID that it is from the IRS.
Scammers this year are putting a new twist on old scriptures. They call by saying they are the IRS and they need to verify your identity in order to send you your refund.
The scammers have been able to manipulate the caller ID so that on your telephone it shows it’s a call from the IRS. They will try and persuade you to give them your personal information such as social security number, driver’s license, bank account numbers and credit card information.
There have been reports that they threaten people by saying they will revoke their license or call the authorities or even deport them if they don’t get your information, be aware that scammers will say fake badge numbers and names and might even have your name and address to try and make the call or email sound more realistic.
If you receive a call like that hang up quickly and do not click on that email and immediately contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page www.treasury.gov/tigta or call 1-800-366-4484.