Here’s another unfortunate addition to the list of financial things to protect yourself from. DOR has learned that letters of questionable origin are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding tax liens. Although these notices show amounts from actual tax liens, they are not from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
The takeaway? Always read the fine print! Does the notice say the sender is not affiliated with any government agency? Does it say that “results may vary? Any notice from the MA Department of Revenue would be clearly marked as being issued by the agency and would not suggest a settlement amount, as many of these questionable notices do.
If you receive a letter about an outstanding tax lien, and have any questions, please call our Customer Service Bureau at 617-887-MDOR. We’re happy to work with you directly to help resolve any tax problems.
The disturbing trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by Secretary of Consumer Affairs Barbara Anthony. “It is necessary to raise the red flag and warn consumers,” she says. “People do fall prey. People do lose money. Their liens do not go away. They still owe the local tax authority the money they have always owed them.”
For official info regarding Offers of Settlement, which includes liens, DOR has a free guide that will help people satisfy their tax responsibilities, while eluding the scam du jour.
We also have a page on our website: Protect Yourself: Identity Theft and Scams that has a wealth of information and videos on various scams and sketchy practices. Take a look — it might save you some time, worry and money!
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