Tax Resolution Attorney John P. Willis, Reveals A New IRS Scam Targeting International Taxpayers And Foreign Residents

Tax resolution attorney John Willis, CEO and founder of IRSALLSTAR, helps his readers stay abreast of tax scams and reports on the latest which focuses on those who are required to have a Certificate of Foreign Status.

Fairhope, AL, May 29, 2018: Tax Attorney John Willis, CEO and founder of, recently posted a new article on his website entitled “Scam Update: A Warning For International Taxpayers” in which Mr. Willis outlines the details of the latest scam with a new twist.

Willis states, “This time the criminals are targeting foreign aliens and international taxpayers – again. Yes, the IRS has said that it seems the crooks are recycling some of their old tricks while adding a new twist.” He continues, “In this latest scam, the IRS says that criminals use a fake IRS Form W-8BEN to solicit detailed personal identification and bank account information from victims.”

“Here’s how they work it,” says Willis. “You’ll receive a letter through the mail or fax indicating that although you are exempt from withholding and reporting income tax, you need to authenticate your information by filling out a phony version of Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting.” He adds, “Recipients are requested to fax the information back.”

Willis writes, “If you have filed for foreign status certification, you may recognize the Form W-8BEN. It is a legitimate U.S. tax exemption document. But, the fact is, it can only be submitted through a withholding agent.”

“In the past,” says Willis, “fraudsters have targeted non-residents of the U.S. using the form as a lure to get personal details such as passport numbers and PIN codes.”

“Take note,” says Willis, “The legitimate IRS Form W-8BEN does not ask for any of that personal kind of information. The phony letter or fax also refers to a Form W9095, which does not exist. Once your foreign status is certified, the IRS doesn’t require a recertification.”

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Mr. Willis believes strongly in supporting and representing the “underdog” and has devoted his entire professional life to protecting and defending those who need it most. As an attorney, Mr. Willis takes his role as “counselor” seriously. His knowledge, creativity and persistence are valuable assets that provide substantial benefits to his clients. He has represented individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast for over 19 years and he brings together an abundance of skills and experience that can be of assistance to almost anyone.


The IRSALLSTAR team has developed a winning formula to ensure that each client’s individual needs are specifically met. Upon becoming a client of Mr. Willis’ law firm, that client’s immediate needs are assessed and long-term goals are defined. Experienced professionals on the IRSALLSTAR team then assist each client in developing and implementing a custom-tailored game plan to provide both short-term and long-term relief from his or her serious tax problems. All firm clients are continually coached toward successful tax resolution and final victory over their challenges with the IRS and state taxing authorities.

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