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Someone from the IRS called and threatened to arrest me for not paying my taxes. Was this call a scam?

Yes.  These calls are a nationwide concern for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The callers represent themselves as IRS employees and use fictitious names, titles, and/or employee identification numbers in an effort collect personal or financial information from their victims.  They may demand that you pay unpaid taxes, tell you that you are due a refund, or leave a voice message saying that it is urgent that you call them back.

To protect yourself from these scams, remember that the IRS does not call taxpayers to threaten them with criminal charges for non-payment.  The IRS will not call you about your taxes without mailing you an official notice about your taxes first, and the IRS will not require you to use a specific payment method, or ask for credit or debit card information over the phone.

If you receive a scam call, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to report the calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  If you know that you owe unpaid taxes, or may owe unpaid taxes and you do not already have a collection alternative in place with the IRS, a qualified tax professional can advise you of your options.

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