IRS Warns of Newest Tax Scams

( – The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers and tax experts to be wary of scams as they get ready to file 2023 taxes. Tax filing season typically begins in mid-January and continues through April 15th.

The warning comes during National Tax Security Awareness Week wherein 42 state agencies and federal partners mingle with tax preparation firms, payroll processors, and financial institutions.

IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel warned that thieves are ambitious, motivated, and use several techniques to gain access to your personal information. He said that phone calls, emails, and text messages are all used to bait potential victims. Werfel urged extreme caution when handing over personal information.

Werfel said that scammers have posed as IRS agents in the past, as well as representatives from state tax agencies or tax professionals. He urged vigilance with your tax information.

Werfel added that current events and tragedies are often exploited by scammers.

Another way scammers work is by posing as potential clients when contacting tax professionals. They then file fake returns to garner an illicit refund. Sometimes funds are paid out by firms before they verify the information with the IRS allowing scammers to take advantage of the gap.

Individuals should also be wary of any suspicious email communications claiming you owe money to the IRS. Real agencies will contact you by direct mail. Text message claims that your refund is on hold until you ‘verify’ information is another clever way scammers can access your personal details. The IRS warns that folks should never click any suspicious links in email or text communications claiming to be from the IRS or another tax-related agency.

If you suspect you’ve been targeted by scammers, you can submit evidence including a copy of the message to [email protected].

Suspicious messages typically attempt to bait the victim with a threat of punishment or promise of reward for indulging their request. IRS security experts added that official communications come via snail mail and almost every other form of contact claiming to be from the IRS or state tax agency is a scam.

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