Tax Commission News Release
Beware of phone scammers representing themselves as state tax collectors
BOISE, IDAHO — Oct. 27, 2014 — Phone scams aren’t seasonal; the Idaho State Tax Commission gets calls year-round from taxpayers who have been targeted by someone wanting personal information or money.
In a recent case, a male caller told a taxpayer he was from the Tax Commission and was doing a “research audit.” The taxpayer got suspicious and contacted the agency, which concluded that the call was bogus.
“Bottom line — if something doesn’t sound or feel right, it probably isn’t,” said Debbie Coulson, collection division administrator for the Tax Commission. The agency advises taxpayers to be careful of the personal information they give over the phone when they haven’t initiated the call.
“When we send out billing letters with contact information to taxpayers with a balance due or place phone calls to those who forget to file, we always identify ourselves and provide our name and contact information,” said Coulson. “If we’re requesting payment and taxpayers haven’t gotten a letter from us, they have every right to be suspicious,” she added.
The Tax Commission also hears from people who have been on the receiving end of calls and emails pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While that’s out of the state’s jurisdiction, victims of those scams can find more information on the IRS website, irs.gov.
Anyone who’s unsure about whether a Tax Commission contact is legitimate should call (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at (800) 972-7660.