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.