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(Current as of Feb 1, 2016. The information listed below is for Educational purposes only. Please research any specific information to make sure it is current before you make important decisions based up the information presented)
BEWARE of SCAMS: People pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service, contacting you, Demanding money from you right now!
IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls
IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-18, October 21, 2015
The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.
Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.
Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.
Scams cost victims over $23 million. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.
The IRS will not:
Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:
Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:
Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.
Phone scams first tried to sting older people, new immigrants to the U.S. and those who speak English as a second language. Now the crooks try to swindle just about anyone. And they’ve ripped-off people in every state in the nation.
Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov.
Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on IRS.gov.
Questions about your IRS Personal (Form 1040) Federal Income Tax Return?
Having Problems? Need to talk to an IRS Agent in person?
There are a few different offices in the St. Louis area, however, I have found the location shown below to be one of the most efficient office’s to go to.
IRS Tax Office – Chesterfield
1122 Town and Country Commons, Chesterfield MO 63017
Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 (Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30)
Where is my Federal Refund?
Questions about Missouri Personal (Form MO-1040) Income Tax Return?
Where is my Missouri State Refund?
How to make a payment to Missouri Department of Revenue?
The Missouri Department of Revenue accepts online payments, including extension and estimated tax payments, using a credit card or E-Check (Electronic Bank Draft). E-Check is an easy and secure method allows you to pay your individual income taxes by bank draft.
Electronic Bank Draft (E-Check) - You will need your routing number and checking or savings account number. There will be a .50 cent handling fee to use this service. Please allow 3-4 business days for E-check transactions to apply to your tax account. Please note that your payment will be postmarked the date you submitted payment, unless your payment is scheduled for a future date.
Debit & Credit Card - The Department accepts MasterCard, Discover, Visa, and American Express. Debit cards are accepted and processed as credit cards. Please allow 5-6 business days for debit and credit card transactions to apply to your tax account. Please note that your payment will be postmarked the date you submit payment. The following convenience fees will be charged to your account for processing:
$0.00 - $50.00
$50.01 - $75.00
$75.01 - $100.00
$100.01 and up
NOTE: The handling or convenience fees included in these transactions are being paid to the third party vendor, Collector Solutions, Inc., not to the Missouri Department of Revenue. This includes Collector Solutions Inc.’s right to electronically debit a service charge in the amount of $25.00, if applicable, for processing of an Insufficient Funds or Closed Account transaction from your designated bank account in addition to whatever charges your bank may assess. By accessing this filing and payment system, the user will be leaving Missouri's website and connected to the website of Collector Solutions, Inc. The website of Collector Solutions, Inc., is a secure and confidential website.
Missouri Installment Agreement (making series of payments to the MDOR):
Missouri 2015 Income Tax Chart:
Do I qualify for Missouri Property Tax Credit?
Individuals who meet one of the following qualifications:
Claimant or spouse must be 65 years of age or older on or before the last day of the calendar year and a resident of Missouri for the entire year;
Claimant or spouse is a veteran of any branch of the armed forces of the United States, or this state and is 100 percent disabled as a result of such service;
Claimant or spouse is 100 percent disabled; or
Claimant has reached age 60 on or before the last day of the calendar year and is receiving surviving spouse social security benefits.
INCOME LIMITATIONS (Tax Years 2011-2014) You will need to check the states website for most current information.
Renters/Part Year owners:
If single, your total household income must be $27,500 or less.
If married filing combined, your total household income must be $29,500 or less.
Owned and Occupied your home the entire year:
If single, your total household income must be $30,000 or less.
If married filing combined, your total household income must be $34,000 or less.
Questions about Illinois Personal (Form IL-1040) Income Tax Return?
Where is my Illinois State Refund?
How to make a payment to Illinois Department of Revenue? Four options.
OR Mail the payment (post marked by April 15th) to:
In the MEMO area of your check, include the SSN of the Primary taxpayer and the TAX YEAR for which this check is to be applied (ie. 2015 tax year).
Illinois Department of Revenue
Springfield, IL 62726-001
What is the Illinois Individual Income Tax Rates?