Taxpayers should beware of property lien scam
Posted on October 21, 2019
Scam artists don’t take time off. If anything, they work harder at their game, coming up with new versions of tax-related scams, hoping to fool taxpayers.
One such scam gaining traction according to the IRS involves formal-looking letters about over due property taxes and threatening to put a lien against your home.
Here is what to look for:
- An official-looking mailed letter “from the government” threatening an IRS lien on your property.
- The basis for the lien is overdue taxes owed to a bogus agency of the government.
- The non-existent agency has a legitimate-sounding name like the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” (No such agency exists).
- This scam may also reference the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is legit.
If you don’t owe back taxes or property taxes and get a threatening letter, here’s what the CPAs at Teipen Selanders Poynter & Ayres recommend you do:
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the letter at to IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting on IRS.gov. Be sure to use the key words “IRS Lien” in your complaint.
- Scan the document you received and send a PDF or copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report it to the Federal Trade Commission using the FTC Complaint Assistant on gov.
- Report it also to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
What if you think you might owe back taxes or cannot tell if a letter you receive should be taken seriously?
TPSA can help. Email or fax us a copy of the letter or come in to talk with us. We can help you review your tax account information on a secure website and review your options with you.
We know how to quickly ascertain whether any letter you may receive is bogus or not. We do this all the time, and are happy to help you whether you are an existing client of ours or not.
Rather research this yourself? Call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to confirm your notice and determine how much you may actually owe, and how to proceed.