Consumer Alerts on Tax Scams

‪Note that the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For more information on tax scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft.

IRS Can Help Taxpayers Get Form W-2

Haven’t received your W-2(s) yet?  Most taxpayers got their W-2s by the end of January.  If you haven’t received your W-2(s) by the end of February, the IRS suggests taking the following actions:

  1. Contact Your Employer – Ask your current or former employer for a copy of your W-2.  Be sure the employer has the correct address.
  2. Call the IRS – If you are unable to get a copy from your employer by the end of February, you may call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for a substitute W-2.  The IRS will send a letter to the employer on taxpayers’ behalf. When calling the IRS, you will need the following:
    • Name, address, Social Security number and phone number
    • Employer’s name, address and phone number
    • Employment dates
    • Estimate of wages and federal income tax withheld in 2017. Use a final pay stub for these amounts.
  3. File your 2017 tax return on time – File your return by April 17, 2018.  If you have not received your W-2, use Form 4852, Substitute for Form W-2.  Estimate your wages and taxes withheld as best as possible. To request more time to file, you can request an extra six months using Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File.  Remember – this is not an extension to pay any taxes due; it is only an extension of time to file.

 

Adapted from IRS Tax Tip 2018-30.  To see the original IRS tip article, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-can-help-taxpayers-get-form-w-2-0.

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

See more at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/march-1-tax-deadline-nears-for-many-farmers-fishers-irs-direct-pay-offers-easy-way-to-pay

Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; Taxpayers Could See Paycheck Changes by February

IR-2018-05, Jan. 11, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month. This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law.

See more at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/updated-2018-withholding-tables-now-available-taxpayers-could-see-paycheck-changes-by-february