Q: I know I owe back taxes to the IRS, but they called me, demanded credit card payment over the phone, and told me that the sheriff would be out to arrest me if I didn’t pay them immediately. Can they do that?
A: DON’T GIVE OUT YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER! IT’S A SCAM! The IRS never calls you unless they have sent you multiple letters and that you asked them to call you. If you get a phone call like this, don’t give them any information they are phishing for your personal information so they sell your identity. Instead, you should report them to Criminal Investigations at 800-829-0433. If you want help with real tax issues call our office at 507-333-3973.