Unfortunately there are many tax scams that are oftentimes run by companies and individuals trying to take advantage of taxpayers, and not just during tax season. It is important to be on the lookout for tax scams throughout the year. Tax scammers will sometimes pose as companies who are offering free tax help when their true aim is to collect your personal information and steal your identity.
First, watch out for unsolicited calls from the IRS. The IRS will never call you to say that you owe taxes without sending a bill first. Do not listen to callers who say that they need you to pay a certain amount of money in overdue taxes to avoid a penalty.
Some scam callers may even try to scare you into paying them by saying that you will be arrested if you do not give them your tax money immediately. If you get a call like this, hang up immediately.
The IRS does not have the ability to revoke your driver’s license or immigration status. This is a threat that is common among tax scammers.
Sometimes scammers will be calling from numbers that resemble that of the IRS.
The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers via email and does not email about the status of a tax refund. If you receive an email with a variation of the subject line “Automatic Income Tax Reminder” or “Electronic Tax Return Reminder,” do not reply.
The IRS will never contact you for your personal or financial information through social media
The IRS does not use text messages to contact taxpayers.