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Preventing Identity-Theft tax scams

As Tax Day approaches, tax scams are ramping up. Tax-related identity theft is the most common. It occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number (SSN) to file a tax return in your name claiming a fraudulent refund that is not paid to you.
 
HERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO AVOID A TAX SCAM:
  • File early, well before April 15. It’s your best defense against someone falsely filing a fraudulent report in your name.
  • Vigilantly guard your SSN and personal information. IRS agents will never contact you to request it.
  • Beware of unsolicited calls. The IRS reaches out to taxpayers through regular mail, not phone, text or email. If you get a call that claims to be from the IRS, hang up. Do not follow ‘robocall’ prompts. To see if there really is a problem, locate the phone number on the IRS website and call them.
  • Do not open emails supposedly from the IRS. Email phishing scams prompt recipients to view attachments or click a link to an IRS look-alike website. Doing so loads malware on your computer, gathering passwords and personal data to commit tax-related theft, or apply for loans or credit cards in your name.
  • NEW! You can apply at IRS.gov for an Identity Protection PIN as an added protection against someone falsely filing your return.

NEW! You can apply at IRS.gov for an Identity Protection PIN as an added protection against someone falsely filing your return.
 
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