ASK THE CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT TAX AND PAYROLL TAX ATTORNEY – BEWARE OF EDD, FTB, AND BOE PHONE SCAMMERS
By Robert S. Schriebman
There are quite a few articles on my website warning the public of IRS telephone scammers. These scammers claim that taxes are owed to the IRS and must be paid immediately through a debit or credit card or by e-transfers from bank accounts. If the payment is not paid immediately, the victim is threatened with law enforcement action – arrest and jail time. The public has become more aware of these IRS scammers. Today most victims are the elderly.
Most of you reading this article know about phony IRS scammers – but EDD scammers???! I was surprised to receive an email from Bill (not his real name). Bill sent the following message, ‘Just received a message from some guy called Steven White (not his real name), who said he is going to suspend my EDD and social assets…the number he left was…’
I informed Bill that most likely the call was a scam but I would check it out and get back to him. I called the number given but it was a disconnect. Nevertheless, calls like this should be taken seriously.
Bill’s call should alert us that there may now be scammers contacting California taxpayers about phony liabilities to the EDD, FTB, and BOE. Why not California? These scammers have learned how to make big money on a national level with phony IRS calls. In a state with the population base of California, this will be fertile ground for them to scam most Californians. These scammers are very sophisticated and are connected to world-wide crime cartels. This is not a small-time operation.
I have no clue as to what the caller “Bill” meant by a “loss of EDD and social assets,” but it is more important that you be aware of the real possibility of scammers now calling to attempt to separate you from your money for phony California tax deficiency claims.
What To Do?
If you receive a scam call about the EDD, FTB or BOE back taxes, take down the phone number, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agencies. You should also contact the Taxpayer Advocates of whatever taxing agency is involved. Here is the contact information you will need.
Taxpayers Advocate Office:
EDD – 1.866.594.4177
FTB – 1.800.883.5910
BOE – 1.888.324.2798
I believe that Bill received a real call from a real scammer concerning alleged EDD tax deficiencies. He may not have gotten the telephone right, but that is not important for purposes of this article. If you receive one of these calls, be proactive. It is very important for you to notify local law enforcement and the appropriate Advocate of the taxing agency involved. These calls may just be the beginning of a state-wide aggressive fraud campaign. As I receive guidance from Sacramento, I will keep you informed.
Robert Schriebman has a successful practice in the Rolling Hills Estates area of Los Angeles County serving clients throughout California and the United States. He has successfully dedicated more than 40 years to helping individual taxpayers, business owners, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys navigate the complicated tax systems of the federal and state governments. Mr. Schriebman is in private practice. He is not affiliated in any way with the EDD and he is not employed by the EDD or any other agency of the State of California.
Robert Schriebman has written the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See “California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures” and “California Taxation Practice and Procedure,” both published by Commerce Clearing House.
Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, “IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners” published by Commerce Clearing House.
Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, “IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners” published by Commerce Clearing House in addition to the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See “California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures” and “California Taxation Practice and Procedure,” both published by Commerce Clearing House.
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