Update: IRS Warns of Tax-Related Scams as Filing Season Approaches

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As we enter tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers of the greatly increased number of tax-related scams at this time of the year. The IRS reminds taxpayers to be cautious of any unexpected communication that is supposedly from the IRS. Tax scams can take many forms, ranging from phone calls to emails.

In a press release issued last week, the IRS “encourages taxpayers to be on the lookout for phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for personal identification numbers (PINs), passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

Visit the IRS website to read the full article and to learn more on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

Any accounting, business, or tax advice contained in this communication, including attachments and enclosures, is not intended as a thorough analysis of specific issues, nor a substitute for a formal opinion, nor was it written to be used to avoid tax related penalties.