It is an unfortunate fact that there are many people out there who are trying to take advantage of taxpayers by operating scams. It is important to be cautious whenever you are contacted about anything related to the IRS, your taxes, and your identity, even at times of the year outside of tax season.
Many tax scammers con people into giving them money or revealing their personal identification information. These scams might involve a phone call from someone who says that there will be a warrant out for your arrest if you do not pay your overdue taxes immediately, or it could be an email that asks for your Social Security number in order to update you on the status of your tax refunds.
Here are some things to remember that may help you avoid tax scams:
The IRS will generally never call you about money that you owe unless they have already sent a physical notice in the mail. Hang up the phone on people who call and claim that they are from the IRS and that you need to pay money immediately to avoid penalty.
Even if you do owe money, the IRS cannot take away your driver’s license or exploit your immigration status. This is a fake threat that scammers often use to steal money or identities.
Some scammers have even figured out how to call from numbers that resemble the IRS. Be extremely wary when talking to anyone that claims they are from the IRS.
The IRS will never contact you through social media.
The IRS never begins communications with taxpayers through email. Relatedly, they will never email you about the status of your tax refund.
The IRS does not send text messages.
If any of these happen to you, you may be a potential victim of a tax scam. So be sure to watch out and protect yourself this tax season!
By Admin –