Comptroller Warns Maryland Taxpayers of Tax Phone Scams
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is reminding taxpayers to safeguard their personal information by being alert to phone solicitation scams.
According to a news release, the Comptroller’s Office has recently received calls from concerned taxpayers who said they were receiving phone calls from someone claiming to work for the State of Maryland. These scammers tell taxpayers they owe large sums of money, demand payment and threatened police arrest if the callers don’t comply, according to the Comptroller.
“I want to assure taxpayers that phone calls like this are scams. The Comptroller’s Office does not initiate phone calls or emails asking for confidential information, demanding money or Personal Identification Numbers (PINs),” said Franchot. “If you get a phone call like this, please call 1.800.MD.TAXES or email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about it as soon as possible.”
The Comptroller’s Field Enforcement Division investigates suspicious activity reported by taxpayers.
“Please be careful of your personal information, and be sure to tell your friends and neighbors to be careful of any suspicious calls,” Franchot added.
According to Franchot, his top legislative priority this year is the Taxpayer Protection Act, which provides greater tools to prevent fraud and protect taxpayers.
The Maryland Comptoller’s Office, like the Internal Revenue Service, will never:
• Call to demand immediate payment, nor call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.