2019 – 11/22 In certain cases, the IRS is required to use private debt collection agencies (PCAs) to collect the amounts owed. The IRS wants the public to be aware that, with identity theft heating up, scammers pretending to be from PCAs are placing random calls, demanding payment from unsuspecting taxpayers. Here’s what you need to know: The initial PCA contact will never be by phone. The taxpayer will first receive a letter from the IRS and a letter from the PCA. Both letters will include an IRS-assigned Taxpayer Authentication number. The number allows the PCA to verify the taxpayer’s identity and ensures the taxpayer that the call is legitimate. Here’s more:

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