Tax scams are rampant and every day someone has figured out a new way to rob you of your money, identity, and time. Every week clients contact us about some new scam. Truth is, many of the scams have been around for a long time. But with technology, their sophistication and creativity is rapidly improving.
The best defense is a good offense. Never take anything for granted. The IRS has strict rules about how they engage with taxpayers. Be vigilant and treat every call, email, and letter as if it is a scam. Don't call, text, email, or send a letter to anyone without doing your due diligence.
Most importantly, DO NOT SEND MONEY! When in doubt contact the IRS directly.
For the latest information about ongoing tax scams and to view the latest consumer alerts visit the Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts page on the IRS website.
IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts web page:
From the IRS website:
Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam.