IRS Offers Tips to Avoid Coronavirus-Related Tax Scams
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has established a dedicated web page where individuals can report coronavirus-related tax scams.In order to avoid falling victim to fraudulent individuals either impersonating or claiming to represent the IRS, the inspector general offers the following tips to taxpayers:
- The IRS will generally first contact people by mail, not by telephone, about tax-related matters.
- If the IRS does contact you by telephone, they will not insist on any pre-payment using an iTunes card, gift card, prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer, in order to receive economic impact payments.
- The IRS also will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, text, letters, or any social media.