Here’s What to Know about Tax Scams so you can Avoid Them

Here’s What to Know about Tax Scams so you can Avoid Them

Thieves are constantly working to steal people’s 
identity and personal data so they can use it to   Fraudulently file tax returns and claim refund 
money that isn’t theirs. Thieves also impersonate   The IRS just to steal taxpayers’ money. Remember to check out irs.gov/scams for more   Information and tips on avoiding scammers. Here are a few things you should know so   You don’t fall victim to these scams. First, the IRS won’t initiate contact   With you by email or over social media to 
request personal or financial information.   Second, the IRS doesn’t send texts with links to 
claim a refund or texts demanding payment.   Third, look out for fake emails, social 
media or websites pretending to be the   IRS or IRS officials especially where 
someone tells you a penalty or fee is   Required to receive things like investment 
dividends, a job, or lottery winnings. Fourth, phone scams impersonating the 
IRS often threaten taxpayers with things   Like arrest and deportation. Remember, 
the IRS does not leave pre-recorded,   Urgent or menacing messages nor will we 
demand immediate payment by gift card.   Finally, remember the IRS initiates 
most contacts through regular mail   Delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
However, there are times when the IRS   Will call or come to a home or business. 
Even then, you’ll generally first receive   Several letters from the IRS in the mail.
If you believe you’ve been contacted by a   Scammer, visit irs.gov/scams for 
details on how to report them.

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