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Tax Time

April 9, 2021

Tax season is nearing the end for this year and bad actors are still out there trying to scam individuals with a variety of methods and impersonating the Internal Revenue Service. Keep these items below in mind when filing your tax return and be on the lookout for potential tax scamming.

  • The IRS will never call you and ask for payment; they communicate primarily through the United States Postal Service. Any individual claiming to be from the IRS while asking for a payment over the phone is very likely a bad actor.

  • Some bad actors have been observed making phone calls claiming to suspend or even cancel an individual’s Social Security Number unless a payment is received. Keep in mind that these types of calls are another form of social engineering designed to illegitimately obtain your information. 

  • Phishing emails remain a constant threat, however the IRS has indicated they have observed more campaigns targeting public and private universities, among other institutions. For more information on this please refer to (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-warns-university-students-and-staff-of-impersonation-email-scam). 

These are just a few examples of scams that circulate during tax time, however they remain a constant threat year round. For more information on how to better your awareness of tax scamming visit the IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts webpage. To report tax scams to the IRS, call 800-366-4484.