As reported in various IRS notices earlier this year, the IRS warned people to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers. For more information about these scam calls and what to do if you receive one, please visit the IRS website at this link.
As detailed by the IRS, to help you identify a scam, remember that the IRS never will:
1) Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice;
2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they way you owe;
3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes;
4) Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone;
5) Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Furthermore, the IRS does not contact taxpayers about their personal tax issues via email, text, or social media.