Idaho State Tax Commission

Beware of fraudulent mailing scam

We’re alerting taxpayers to a new tax scam after an individual with a tax debt recently received a “distraint warrant” for payment of Idaho taxes in the mail.   

The mailing claims to be from the State of Idaho’s “Tax Processing Unit - Canyon County Public Judgment Records.” No such unit exists. The fraudulent letter threatens to seize the individual’s property if payment arrangements aren’t made quickly.

This is similar to other scams the Tax Commission has seen that use the county where the targeted taxpayer lives as the location of the fraudulent tax unit to make the mailing seem more official. 

If you’re concerned about the legitimacy of a tax document you receive, please call the Tax Commission – not the phone number provided in the mailing – and verify that it’s from us. You can call us at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at (800) 972-7660.



Posted 05-13-2020
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