Tax season is here again and unfortunately that means tax scammers may target you by phone, email, or text message. Here are some things to look out for if someone contacts you claiming to be from the IRS:
- The IRS does not initiate contact by email or text message requesting personal or financial information.
- If the caller claiming to be from the IRS demands that you make an immediate payment to them through a pre-paid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer, it is not the IRS. The IRS will send you a bill through the mail if you owe any taxes.
- The IRS will not threaten to bring in local police to arrest you for not paying your taxes.
- The IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Look out for unsolicited emails. Scammers will use the official IRS logo, or they may attempt to make it look like the email is coming from your tax professional. Links in these emails may go to bogus websites that look like the IRS website.
If you don’t owe any taxes, do not give out any of your information. Report Phishing and Online Scams directly to the IRS.