NYS Tax Department Issues Warning Following Reports of Suspicious Phone Calls

Criminals, posing as IRS or Tax Department employees, use scare tactics to swindle New Yorkers out of cash and private information

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded New Yorkers to be mindful of tax scams. Despite the tax season being over, con artists are working year-round to swindle unsuspecting taxpayers out of cash and their personal information.

“We are receiving initial reports from taxpayers who received threatening calls perpetrated by individuals posing as Tax Department employees,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone. “We encourage taxpayers to contact us if they suspect they have received this type of malicious telephone call.”

Taxpayers have recently contacted the Department to report suspicious phone calls from individuals posing as Tax Department employees. The callers threatened arrest and seizure of possessions if immediate payment was not made for a fictitious tax debt. The Department is actively investigating these reports.

Who to Contact

  • If you believe you’ve been contacted by a scammer posing as a NYS Tax Department employee, note the date, time and telephone number and call 518-451-1566 or email dtfoia@tax.ny.gov. If the caller left a message, save the message.
  • If you owe New York State taxes, or think you owe taxes, call the Department at 518-457-5434.
  • If a con artist posing as an IRS representative contacts you, report it to the IRS online.

Please read the full article for tips on how to identify tax scams.

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