No pity for another tax scam victim

A peer accountant reports today that he had a client fall for a tax collection scheme and paid the scammers $5,700 in Apple Itunes gift cards. I have been posting consumer warnings about tax scams for decades and am normally empathetic to victims. But I have a hard time feeling much pity for any person who:

  1. Pays a tax collection notice without speaking with their accountant (but then immediately goes to the accountant afterward for help to get the money back from the scam),
  2. Assumes that the IRS accepts Itunes gift cards as payment, and
  3. Hasn’t yet heard about the “we are sending police to your house right now to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately” scam that has been widely reported in the news.

In the event anyone reading this is not aware, please see these earlier blog posts:

Simple advice to avoid IRS scams

IRS scam education


2 responses to “No pity for another tax scam victim”

  1. Inara de Leon Avatar
    Inara de Leon

    Hi Tony,

    I was wondering if you know of anyone who has fallen for the most recent IRS scam related to the affordable care act. People get an email with an attachment that contains a CP 2000 notice and which demands immediate payment apparently because there is an alleged discrepancy between what income they reported and what the IRS has received from employers. I am a producer and am working on a TV story on this topic.

  2. Tony Novak, CPA Avatar
    Tony Novak, CPA

    No, I haven’t heard of this particular scam. I covered this topic in an earlier blog post:

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