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Stay Safe from Tax Scams

Each year, hackers and criminals take advantage of innocent taxpayers who are patiently waiting on their tax return. The IRS has reported a significant increase in phishing attempts to steal money/tax data last year, so it is important to be on the look out this year. 

Here are some tips you can follow this tax season:

  • The IRS will always mail a bill before calling you about taxes owed
  • The IRS will never ask for credit or debit information over the phone
  • The IRS will never immediately threaten to arrest you for not paying taxes owed
  • The IRS will always offer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed before demanding your payment
  • The IRS does not use emails or texts to discuss personal tax matters, such as taxes owed or tax refunds
  • Only conduct financial business over trusted sites and networks. Don’t use public, guest, free, or insecure Wi-Fi networks
  • Check your financial account statements and credit report regularly for unauthorized activity