There’s a new twist on the latest phone scams about taxes that are targeting everyone even IRS employees

In the latest attacks, the scammer claims to be calling from an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center location. They program their computer to display the TAC’s telephone number, which appears on the taxpayer’s caller ID when the call is made.

If the victim questions the scammer’s demand for a tax payment, the scammer directs the taxpayer to to look up the local TAC telephone number to verify the phone number.

REMEMBER there are very few instances that the IRS will call your home, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, or to secure a delinquent tax return. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters from the IRS in the mail.

Similar scams are also being run spoofing the phone numbers for local police, department of motor vehicles offices and other federal agencies,

Anybody receiving what they believe to be an IRS impersonation scam should report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration immediately at its IRS impersonation scam reporting website and email the IRS at

Will Kohler