Identity Protection Tips for Tax Season

While filing your tax returns this year, don’t overlook the possibility of tax-related identity theft, which occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return and get a refund.

Remember these tips from the IRS so you don’t become a victim of a tax scam:

  • An unexpected email purporting to be from the IRS is always a scam. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media to request personal or financial information. If you receive a scam email claiming to be from the IRS, forward it to phishing@irs.gov.
  • An unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, either threatening you with arrest or deportation if you fail to pay immediately, is a scam. In another variation, the caller requests your financial information in order to send you a refund. Report these calls and other IRS impersonation schemes online at IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting.
  • Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security Number in a safe place; DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number.
  • Be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it. ONLY share your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer.

For more tips & info, visit: irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection-Tips

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