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IRS warns taxpayers of property lien scam

This month the IRS issued a Tax Tip warning taxpayers about fake property liens. This is just one of many scams out there designed to trick you into paying money for fictitious bills.

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Here are some of the attributes of the scam that the IRS wants you to look out for:

  • A letter threatening an IRS lien or levy is mailed to the taxpayer
  • The lien/levy is based on insane overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency
  • The agency might have a legitimate-sounding name, but does not actually exist, such as the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”
  • Could potentially reference the IRS to confuse the reader into thinking the letter is real

If you receive a letter like this, the IRS wants to know. If you receive a letter and you don’t owe taxes and have no reason to think you should:

If you receive a suspicious letter and owe tax, or think you might owe tax:

  • Review your tax account information and payment options are Reviewing this information will show if you owe and the amount.
  • You can also call the ITS to confirm the notice at 800-829-1040.

By being diligent and looking out for the warning signs, you can avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim.


Haley Braun