Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be vigilant to a new aggressive scam that is going through the State of Michigan Postal Service. Taxpayers receive a letter about a tax bill instructing individuals to contact a toll-free number to resolve the outstanding debt, this is a private toll- free number.
The letter threatens to seize the individual’s assets including property and Social Security benefits if the debt is not settled. The letter appears credible because it uses personal data that is gathered from public information. The scammers attempt to collect a payment over the phone. On a personal note the State will not call and demand instant payment.
If there are any questions, they can be answered through a verified number to discuss your options. Taxpayers who receive a letter from a scammer or have questions about their state debts should call Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265. A customer service representative can log the scam, verify outstanding state debts and provide flexible payment options.