Pair report being targets of IRS scam

Nearly every week, residents have reported getting a similar phone call saying they owe the IRS money.

Two more residents reported getting similar calls this week, joining dozens of others so far this year.

Both residents reported getting messages from someone claiming to be with the IRS, telling them they owed delinquent taxes.

One resident called back and was told he owed $9,865 and needed to send the money through a wire transfer. The caller knew the man’s name, address and phone number, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Neither resident sent any money, and both reported the calls to the sheriff’s office so they could be sure the calls were a scam.

The calls were listed on the top 12 tax scams by the IRS earlier this year.

The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, call without first mailing a bill, demand that you pay taxes without allowing you to question or appeal the amount owed, require you to use a specific payment for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to have you arrested for not paying, according to an IRS news release.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.