During the closing process, the Central Florida closing agents at Real Estate Closing Solutions of Florida will help you allocate your taxes depending on whether you’re buying or selling a home. While you can expect to deal with the IRS as you work to satisfy your tax requirements, a number of taxpayers have contacted the department with reports of con artists calling in the name of the IRS, demanding payment for due taxes.

If you are contacted by the IRS–or someone claiming to be the IRS–the most important thing to remember is that IRS agents will never demand that you make an immediate payment while they talk to you on the phone. Additionally, the department states that their agents will never ask for your credit or debit card information over the phone, nor will they require you to use a specific type of payment to satisfy outstanding taxes. 

To date, the IRS has received 90,000 complaints of fraudulent collections agents to their hotline. Of this vast number of complaints, the department has identified about 1,100 victims who have lost a total of $5 million to these scams. It is obviously very important that you take extreme caution to protect your personal information. If you do receive a call from an individual claiming to be from the IRS, there are a few different steps you can take. If you do currently owe taxes, call 1-800-820-1040, where a verifiable agent will assist you with any payment issues you have. If you do not owe any taxes, call 1-800-366-4484 to report the fraudulent activity.

The Central Florida closing agents at RECS, FL strive to ensure that your home closing is successful and stress-free from start to finish. When you’re ready to close on your dream home, give us a call at (407) 615-8550. Share this post with your friends and alert them to be wary of any fraudulent IRS phone calls.