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Tax season, scam season


Tax season is upon us and it seems to be an inviting time for criminals. IRS impersonation phone scams, as well as phishing continue to be a serious threat to taxpayers topping the list of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” tax schemes once again.

The IRS impersonation phone scam has claimed nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid more than $14 million, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration recently warned.

Taxpayers should keep the following in mind:

• The IRS usually first contacts people by mail—not by phone—about unpaid taxes.

• The IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

• The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number ove...

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