The IRS reported a steady stream of fake emails, text messages, websites, and social media attempts to steal taxpayers’ personal information last year.
These scams involve criminals impersonating the IRS via phone and threatening arrest, license revocation or deportation if the victim doesn’t pay a bogus tax bill.
Identity theft is when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund.
Your tax return is rejected when you file it.
This could occur if a criminal has already filed a fake return using your Social Security number.
You receive a letter from the IRS.
This could indicate that someone has tried filing a return with your information.
You receive a W-2 or 1099 form from an unknown employer.
Look up the company’s name online if you receive one of these forms from a company you’re unfamiliar with.
You receive a tax refund for a refund you didn’t file for.
The IRS isn’t just handing out free money and that this could point to tax-related fraud.
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