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While the tax filing deadline may have been extended, scammers are hard are hard at work. Thousands of individuals have lost millions of dollars AND their personal information to tax scams. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus or COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. These scams can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
Some important notes for taxpayers to be aware of:
Scammers are specifically targeting those waiting for the Economic Impact Payments.
Here’s what people should know about the Economic Impact Payments:
Beyond asking for your personal information, scammers may:
Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Economic Impact Payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov. The IRS encourages people to share this information with family and friends. Many people who normally don’t normally file a tax return may not realize they’re eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.
More information on how to report phishing scams and tax scams can be found on the IRS website at:Report Phishing and Online ScamsTax Scams
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