The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has issued the following warning to consumers.  

Caution, communications are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding tax liens from those who may have criminal intent. Although these notices show amounts from actual tax liens, they are not from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.  Any notice from the MA Department of Revenue would be clearly marked as being issued by the agency and would not suggest a settlement amount, as many of these questionable notices do.

Taxpayers have alerted DOR, the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Consumer Affairs about the issue.

The liens mentioned in the letters are real but the letters are not from the Department of Revenue or any other government agency.

We have posted a warning on the DOR website with samples of some of the notices we received from taxpayers.

If you receive a letter about an outstanding tax lien, and you have any questions, please call our Customer Service Bureau at 617-887-MDOR. We’re happy to work with you directly to help resolve your tax problem.