McPherson area taxpayers getting scam calls

By Nick Gosnell
June 26, 2014

McPherson area taxpayers may be receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS.

According to McPherson accountant Steve Kresky, as a general rule, the IRS uses the mail to correspond with those it needs to contact.

According to an article published earlier this month online by USA Today, "We are not going to initiate contact with somebody via phone, email or any social media outlet and ask for personal or financial information," said Julianne Fisher Breitbeil with IRS media relations.

The IRS may call in certain situations, such as when the audit process has already started and they want to schedule an appointment.

"But we are not going to call and say we need money," Breitbeil explained. "The scammers ask for immediate payment over the phone. We are never going to do that—never."

If you get a call and you're not quite sure what to do, hang up and call the IRS at (800) 829-1040.