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Scammers Target Tax-Delinquent Michiganders

The latest scam to hit our state targets those who have past-due tax bills.

The victim receives a letter that appears to come from the government, threatening immediate action to seize property and other assets. To make the letter more credible, the scammer includes specific information about the tax debt – information that is actually available through public resources.

The letter instructs the victim to call a toll-free number to make an immediate payment – a payment that does not go toward reducing the tax debt.

Deputy State Treasurer Ann Good says authorities do use the mail to contact those with delinquent taxes. Those letters generally include several options to resolve the issue, and an explanation of taxpayer rights.

If you receive a suspicious letter, or have questions about a state tax debt, call the Treasury Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.

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