Perhaps the only thing worse than owing taxes is not being able to pay them. Many Boston residents find themselves in this predicament, and they wonder what the IRS will do to collect. Some people receive phone calls, emails or personal visits from people claiming to be agents, but taxpayers need to be cautious. Scammers take advantage of people every day.
IRS agents may make visits and phone calls, but usually only after communicating with taxpayers through regular mail. If numerous notices are ignored, an agent may take other actions in order to get into contact. If an individual has received no notices from the IRS and someone shows up demanding payment, it may not be a real agent.
Speaking of which, IRS agents do not call taxpayers demanding payment via gift cards, prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. Agents will usually send a bill through the mail as a first effort at collecting payment. In addition, taxpayers have the right to appeal the amount owed.
If that opportunity is not provided, it is probably a scam. The IRS will also not threaten to call law enforcement or immigration officers. They will also not take away your business license, driver's license or immigration status.
Boston residents who believe that someone is impersonating an IRS agent may report it. As for their tax issues, those can be handled through legitimate means. In many cases, a tax attorney may be able to provide the assistance they need in order to avoid getting further into debt and becoming subject to actual IRS collection actions.