Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be vigilant to a new aggressive scam that is circulating through the US Postal Service. Taxpayers receive a letter about a delinquent tax bill instructing individuals to contact a toll-free number to resolve the outstanding debt. The letter threatens to seize the individual’s assets including property and Social Security benefits if the debt isn’t settled. The letter appears credible because it uses personal data that is gathered from public information. The scammers attempt to collect a payment over the phone.
The state Treasury urges taxpayers to remember that they have rights, and if there are any questions they can be answered through a verified number to discuss your options. Taxpayers who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions about their state debts should call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265. A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.