Tax Season Brings Tax Scams; Beware of Phishing Attacks
Last year at this time, thieves took advantage of tax season by spoofing the IRS Web site in various phishing scams to get taxpayers to divulge personal and financial information. Watch for a replay of their schemes this year.
If you receive an e-mail or even a phone call supposedly from the IRS, asking for your personal information to speed up your tax return, to resolve an issue on an old return, credit your tax money to a credit or debit card or other made-up reason, don’t bite! The IRS doesn’t use e-mail to contact taxpayers and almost never calls. But, if in doubt, ask for the agent’s name. Then, hang up and call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.