Portlanders receive Art Tax scam calls

The City of Portland is warning Portland residents of fraudulent calls to collect Art Tax

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Portland, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The City of Portland is warning residents of a telephone scam involving the Arts Education and Access Income Tax.

The Revenue Division has reported several instances of phone scammers targeting Portland taxpayers by claiming to be employees of the IRS collecting the Arts Tax on behalf of the city.

However, the City of Portland has said the IRS is not collecting the Arts Tax on its behalf.

The City of Portland said in reference to the tax, it would not: 1) call to demand immediate payment; 2) call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a letter first; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes; 4) threaten legal action without prior written notification.

Taxpayers who believe they have received a fraudulent phone call are asked to take note of the telephone number and details regarding the call. To report instances of attempted fraud to the Revenue Division call 503-865-4ART (4278) or e-mail artstaxhelp@portlandoregon.gov

The Arts Tax is due every year on April 15.

 

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