The IRS is issuing information to all taxpayers to stay on the lookout for fraudulent emails and correspondences claiming to be the IRS this tax season. Each year the IRS receives thousands of reports about suspicious calls, emails, faxes and notices claiming to be from the IRS. The goal of these fraudulent notices is an attempt to collect your personal information for identity theft or to take your money!
- Know that the IRS never asks for personal and financial information like PIN numbers or credit card access information.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via email to request personal information.
- Never reply to an email sent by someone claiming to be from the IRS.
- Never open any links or attachments from emails sent from someone claiming to be the IRS.
- Help report the scams to prevent others from being victims of tax fraud at www.irs.gov.
To learn more about IRS tax scams go to the Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft page on the IRS website. And remember, to keep yourself out of tax trouble make sure you use a certified tax relief professional to help with your filing needs this tax season.
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