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Avoid IRS Imposters

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – With the April 15th tax filing deadline coming up, watch out for criminals and con artists posing as the Internal Revenue Service to try to win your trust and steal your money.

We’ve warned you before about phony calls from the IRS. One North Carolina consumer recently reported getting one of these threatening calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS. The fake IRS agent told him a warrant had been issued for his arrest and, if he did not pay his taxes immediately, police would put him in jail within hours. The caller continued to harass and intimidate him until he felt he had no choice but to pay more than $8,000 to the scammers.

If you get a call that claims to come from the IRS, look for warning signs that it’s scam:

  • The IRS will not threaten arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay back taxes immediately.
  • IRS agents will never demand immediate payment by credit card, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
  • Typically, the IRS communicates with consumers about tax issues via mail, not by phone, email or text message.
  • Ask for the caller’s call back number and employee badge number, and then call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to check them out.
  • Don’t rely on Caller ID to identify who is calling you, since scammers can manipulate it to make it appear they are calling from the real IRS.
  • Never share personal information, such as your Social Security Number or bank account number, with anyone you don’t know who contacts you, even if they claim to be with the IRS.  Identity thieves can use this information to open up accounts in your name and even claim your tax refund.

If you spot a tax related scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. If you need help filing your taxes, check out our tips for finding tax help you can trust.

Deadline to Pay Property Taxes January 7

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Don’t forget, January 7, 2013 is the LAST day to pay your Buncombe County property taxes before the 2% interest is added on January 8, 2013.

On January 8, interest of 2% will be added to any unpaid balance on a tax bill and ¾% will be added each month thereafter.

Property Tax Bill Payments postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before January 7 will be accepted on time.

Payment options include:

  • Mail (Postmarked on or before January 7)
  • Drive-up payment box located at:
    35 Woodfin Street, where the Tax Department is now located.
    The payment box is located on the driver’s side of the driveway as you exit 35 Woodfin Street. Payments placed in our drop box on January 7 or the night of the 7th will be considered on time.
  • Credit/Debit Card – on web. (There is a convenience fee for using a credit/debit card – please see the back of your bill.)
  • Credit Card – by phone. (See instructions and the phone number on the back of your bill.)

If taxes are not paid on time and the taxpayer has not set up a payment plan with the Tax Office, forced tax collection measures may take place at anytime once the bill is past due. These measures can include attachment of the taxpayer’s bank account or wage garnishment. Additional fees are included for each of these measures. In addition, banks also charge additional fees for processing bank attachments.

The Tax Office encourages taxpayers to contact the Tax Office if their taxes are delinquent:

  • By phone at (828) 250-4910
  • In person in the Tax Office located at 35 Woodfin Street. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There are several programs that can help citizens with tax payment including:

  • Preauthorized debit program – payments deducted from a checking or savings account each month
  • Prepay taxes – some taxpayers begin making monthly payments as early as January each year and prepay their taxes before they receive a bill in August.

For automated information about tax bills and payments or other tax issues, citizens can access the Automated Information Line by calling 250-4910 and pressing the number “1.” Information on this line includes:

  • office hours
  • holiday schedule
  • last day to pay before interest begins
  • credit card information
  • drive-up payment box directions
  • print bills and receipts online at buncombecounty.org/tax.

The tax website offers many options for taxpayers. You can print bills, print receipts, and look up property information.

Free Tax Assistance

Friday, March 30th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Do you have questions about your taxes? Would you like assistance in completing your income tax forms?

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in cooperation with the IRS, N.C. Dept. of Revenue, the Council on Aging and Buncombe County Public Libraries is offering free tax preparation for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.

For 2012, this service will be available through Tuesday, April 17. Both Federal and N.C. State returns will be electronically filed for safe and accurate preparation and faster refunds.

Tax Assistance Sites

Pack Library

67 Haywood Street, Asheville

*Free parking for the 1st hour @ the Civic Center Parking Garage behind Pack Library.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

West Asheville Library

942 Haywood Road, Asheville

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Weaverville Library

41 N. Main Street, Weaverville

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Black Mountain Library

105 N. Dougherty Street, Black Mountain

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Taxpayers should bring the following documents:

  • Social Security cards and Identifications for taxpayers and all dependents
  • Previous year’s (2010) tax return
  • W-2 forms from each employer
  • 1099 forms for income from Social Security, Pension, Interest, Dividends, Brokers/Mutual Funds, Miscellaneous Income, etc.
  • Any other tax forms or information for both income and expenses
  • Detailed list and receipts for Medical Expenses, Charitable Contributions, Real Estate Taxes, Mortgage Interest, if claiming itemized deductions.
  • A blank check for direct deposit of any refund to your checking or savings account.

Questions and requests for homebound individuals can be directed to the Buncombe County Council on Aging at 277-8288.