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April 17, 2015 Announcements |
TOWN HALL CLOSED 4/3/15 IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY AND THE BEGINNING OF PASSOVER. HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER!April 2, 2015
Town Hall will be closed on April 3, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. Please have a safe and happy Easter and Passover week!Posted in Announcements |
March 23, 2015
The Town’s Calendar of Events displayed on our website showed that our Planning Commission Meeting was scheduled for this evening. This is not correct. The Planning Commission Meeting will take place on the last Monday of the month, March 30, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience.Posted in Announcements |
March 17, 2015 Announcements |
March 17, 2015
The Mount Airy Town Council will hold budget work sessions at Town Hall, 110 S. Main Street, on April 8, 2015 and April 15, 2015 (if second day needed) to discuss the budget for FY 2015/2016 starting at 7:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at (301) 829-1424.Posted in Announcements |
March 17, 2015
The local State Police Office has issued a strong warning for the public to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers. Recently, many people have been called by a Washington D.C. area code number and even the Mt. Airy Police Department number 301-829-0218, threatening to be the IRS. Please read the article below to learn how the IRS will never call you.
WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.
“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, it’s a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business.”
The Dirty Dozen is compiled annually by the IRS and lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so. This year for the first time, the IRS will issue the individual Dirty Dozen scams one at a time during the next 12 business days to raise consumer awareness.
Phone scams top the list this year because it has been a persistent and pervasive problem for many taxpayers for many months. Scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. They often leave “urgent” callback requests. They prey on the most vulnerable people, such as the elderly, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. Scammers have been known to impersonate agents from IRS Criminal Investigation as well.
“These criminals try to scare and shock you into providing personal financial information on the spot while you are off guard,” Koskinen said. “Don’t be taken in and don’t engage these people over the phone.”
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 290,000 contacts since October 2013 and has become aware of nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid over $14 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials and demanding that they send them cash via prepaid debit cards.
As telephone scams continue across the country, the IRS recently put out a new YouTube video with a renewed warning to taxpayers not to be fooled by imposters posing as tax agency representatives. The new Tax Scams video describes some basic tips to help protect taxpayers from tax scams.
These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you.
The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam.
The IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:
- If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
- If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
- If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.
Additional information about tax scams is available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube http://www.youtube.com/irsvideos and Tumblr http://internalrevenueservice.tumblr.com, where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.
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March 13, 2015 Announcements |
March 10, 2015
Local artist Wayne Evans custom created a Cornhole set on raffle now! 100% of ticket sales support the restoration of the C-2095 Mount Airy Caboose. You can purchase your chances to win at a few locations around town. This quality set is a treasure for years to come!!Posted in Announcements |
March 6, 2015
Town of Mount Airy Frederick County residents and Nottingham residents will have their trash picked up on Saturday, March 7, 2015.Posted in Announcements |
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