According to the IRS, people across the country have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use mail, telephone, and emails to set up individuals, businesses, payroll, and tax professionals.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Even if your caller ID says “IRS”, be cautious until you can confirm the identity of the person calling you.
Payments will also never be requested via gift cards. Many scam artists will tell victims that if they do not receive iTunes, Google, or other gift cards, then the police will be on their way to arrest them. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
Stay safe this tax season, and learn more about IRS scams here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scamsconsumer-alerts