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Beware of Tax Scams

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It's that time of year again – tax season. As you gear up to tackle your taxes, scammers are gearing up, too, ready to exploit unsuspecting individuals. Here are some unmistakable signs of a tax scam and proactive steps you can take if you encounter one.

IRS Impersonator Alert: If the caller is pushy, demanding immediate payment, or threatening legal action, it's likely a scam. The IRS never makes such calls. Hang up and contact the IRS directly to report the scam call.

IRS Ransomware Scam: Beware of emails, websites, or social media links – one click could install malicious content on your device. Your device may be compromised if you receive a pop-up demanding payment or a call. Stay vigilant and report such incidents immediately.

Identity Theft and Your Taxes: If the IRS notifies you that you have filed taxes when you haven't, report it promptly. Your information might have been stolen. File your taxes early to prevent such identity theft.

Student Tax Scams: Scammers often pose as the IRS through email, calls, or texts, claiming nonexistent taxes. Be cautious and verify any such communication.

Emails, Calls, and Texting: Exercise caution with unsolicited emails, calls, or texts. Scammers may use deceptive tactics to appear legitimate. Watch out for fake caller IDs, unexpected tax refund calls, or demands for immediate payment. Always confirm with the IRS directly.

Protect Yourself:

  • Don't give out personal information.
  • Avoid clicking suspicious links.
  • Never send money without verifying by calling the IRS directly.

Reporting Scams: If you receive suspicious calls, record the number and report it to TIGTA (800-366-4484) or use the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form.

Tax Identity Theft Reporting: Visit to report tax identity theft incidents.

For more information, visit Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts and Report Phishing and Online Scams to prepare for this upcoming tax season.


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