With the tax deadline less than a month away, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is providing tips to help taxpayers avoid fraudulent schemes. He is also urging New Yorkers to stay vigilant and report any suspected scams to his office. One of the most common tax scams involves callers who impersonate Treasury Department, IRS, and other government officials — a scam that is frequently reported to Schneiderman’s office.
Schneiderman says taxpayers should never give out personal information like social security, credit card, and bank account numbers to people who make unsolicited calls.
Schneiderman notes that starting this year, debt collectors representing the IRS may call consumers to collect tax debts, but the IRS will not do so without first sending a letter notifying the consumer that they will do so. If you feel like you are being scammed by one of these calls, or if you suspect a scam, call the State Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755.