New York officials warn of tax collection scam

New York

New York tax officials are warning residents of fake letters demanding immediate payment of an outstanding tax debt or risk the loss of passports and driver licenses.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said the letter also threatens a levy on personal property if a payment of $12,444 isn’t made by a specific date. The letter includes an 888 phone number to call.

The return address on the letter, which was sent to at least one person, is:

Tax Processing Center
Internal Processing Service
Public Judgement Records

Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt said such letters are a “common scam.” He said state tax officials offer ways for taxpayers to settle any outstanding debts.

“In contrast, our department works with taxpayers who have existing tax debt, such as by establishing an installment payment agreement, to resolve the issue,” he said. “We also work with all levels of law enforcement to bring the fraudsters who commit these types of crimes to justice.”

Click here to see the letter.

Click here for information on settling outstanding state taxes.

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