IRS Offers Tips to Avoid Coronavirus-Related Tax Scams

Disaster Response

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.

If you do receive a call or e-mail from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a pre-payment or for your personal or financial information in order to receive economic impact payments connected with the coronavirus pandemic, please report it here.

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