The Yakima Police department warns citizens to watch out for a scam from people claiming to be from the IRS. Several Yakima citizens have been contacted recently by someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and have been told that they owe back taxes. They are told that they must pay the taxes immediately and if they do not they will be arrested. The person is told to go to the bank and pay by money order or with a green dot card immediately or they risk being arrested by local law enforcement. Scare tactics are being used to intimidate the citizens to feel like they must act immediately or risk going to jail. The Internal Revenue Service does not operate this way. IRS spokesman David Tucker in Seattle says, “We never use scare tactics to collect money, we never demand payment over the phone, we do not dictate how payments need to be made and we never asks for debit or credit card information over the phone.” If you receive such a call or if you receive a letter and you have doubts whether it’s legitimate you should call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 and speak to an IRS agent. You can also go to the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center in Yakima and speak to an IRS representative face to face. The office is located at 107 South 7th Avenue in Yakima and it’s open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and is closed for lunch from 12:30 until 1:30.
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