How to Avoid IRS ID Scams

Although it seems hard to pull off, IRS scams happen all of the time. Scammers have a way of creating documents using stock IRS logos to replicate letterhead. In some cases, consumers are emailed or called on the phone. Here are a few tips to help you avoid IRS ID scams.IRSScamAlert

Follow TAP

TAP is the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. This panel works to identify tax scams and provide information on such scams to the IRS. Their main goal is to help protect taxpayers. Phishing scams are often caught by TAP. The IRS investigates all of the claims sent from TAP.

Know IRS Methods of Contact

Do you know how the IRS contacts taxpayers? They contact through the mail only. Any other contact should be ignored by you but still reported as it may be a new scam that hasn’t been investigated. The IRS will send paper mail, which you should also research for validity. Some scammers are getting smarter and using the U.S. mail delivery system to defraud taxpayers.

Be Aware of Proper Payment Methods

The IRS will never ask for your payment information via email or over the phone. You should never be directed to a third-party website to make a payment. All online IRS payments are done right on their website.

Closing Thoughts

If you receive suspicious communications from entities claiming to be the IRS, report it to your local police and the IRS immediately. Internet communications may be able to be tracked. Do not respond to any email requests as this can damage your computer or allow scammers to steal your personal information.

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