It’s a well-known fact that scammers love to pose as IRS agents to lure potential victims. With that in mind, it’s normal to ask “Will the IRS ever come to my home?” In today’s post, we provide the answer.
Will the IRS Ever Go to Your House?
The answer is yes. At least in theory, the IRS can visit a taxpayer’s house during an investigation. However, remember that an IRS won’t demand any sort of payment without giving you the chance to appeal the amount.
According to the IRS, there are three main reasons why an agent may go to your house or business:
- Criminal investigation
What You Need To Know
While it’s true that IRS agents can sometimes visit a home or business, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take precautions.
Here are some useful pointers for dealing with a visit from the IRS.
In the case of audits, an IRS employee may visit your house if all other attempts to contact you fail.
Remember that revenue agents carry two forms of identification, each displaying serial numbers and a photo of the employee:
- An IRS-issued credential known as pocket commission
- The HSPD-12, a government-wide standard form of identification for all federal employees
If a revenue agent visits you, you can ask to see both forms of identification.
Red Flags To Be Aware Of
Some red flags that indicate that the person contacting you may be a scammer posing as an IRS agent include:
- Demanding immediate payment without giving you the chance to appeal the amount
- Contacting you by text message or social media
- Asking you to pay by wire transfer or with gift card
- Threatening to call the police or immigration authorities
- Threatening to revoke your driver’s license
- The supposed agent doesn’t inform you about your rights
If you believe that someone is try to impersonate an IRS agent or posing as the IRS, you can report them using the following methods:
- Impersonation. File a report with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration or call 800-366-4484
- Phone scams. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission
- Phishing or unsolicited email. Write to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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