Tax season may be over, but the scamming season has just begun. The NY State Department of Taxation has issued a warning to be on the look out for phony tax collection letters that have recently made the rounds. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said:
“This tax season, New Yorkers should be wary of misleading collection notices posing as official government letters used by private entities to prey on taxpayers…I urge anyone who thinks they have received one of these deceptive notices to call the State Tax Department or Department of Financial Services so we can investigate and put an end to these schemes.”
And example of the false collection notices have be found by clicking here.
It is reported that these particular notices are being sent to taxpayers who have a tax debt, and once they call the phone number on the notice they discover that it is a private company that will settle your tax debt for “pennies on the dollar”.
Remember: The IRS & NY State Department of taxation will never contact or request private tax information via email or the internet. If you received this or a similar scam you can contact the following agencies:
Department of Taxation and Finance – (518) 457-5181
Department of Financial Services – (800) 342-3736