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IRS online tool helps families see if they qualify for the Child Tax Credit; one of three tools now available for the upcoming advance payments

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today urged families to take advantage of a special online tool that can help them determine whether they qualify for the Child Tax Credit and the special monthly advance...

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  • July 1, 2021

Dirty Dozen part 2: Thieves are constantly coming up with ways to scam taxpayers

This is the second of two tips exploring the IRS Dirty Dozen tax scam list. Tax scams tend to rise during tax season or during times of crisis. Scam artists are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal...

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  • August 6, 2020

What taxpayers should do if they get a letter or notice from the IRS

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons. Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one: • Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns...

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  • August 3, 2020

Avoiding Economic Impact Payment Scams

Here is a video tax tip from the IRS: Avoiding Economic Impact Payment Scams English Subscribe today: The IRS YouTube channels provide short, informative videos on various tax related topics in English, Spanish and ASL. • www.youtube.com/irsvideos • www.youtube.com/irsvideosmultilingua...

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  • June 23, 2020

IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. “We...

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  • April 3, 2020

Tax Time Guide: Guard personal, financial and tax information year-round

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to remain vigilant with their personal information by securing computers and mobile phones. Proper cybersecurity protection and scam recognition can reduce the threat of identity theft inside and outside the...

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  • March 16, 2020

Here’s how taxpayers can avoid the hooks of phishing scams

Knowledge and awareness. Those two things can protect taxpayers and their family members from getting caught up in a phishing scam. A phishing scam is often an unsolicited email or a website that looks like a legitimate site designed...

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  • December 6, 2019

Taxpayers should watch out for gift card scam

Taxpayers should always be on the lookout for scams. Thieves want to trick people in order to steal their personal information, scam them out of money, or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes. Scam attempts...

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  • December 3, 2019

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new version of SSN scam

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new variations of tax-related scams. In the latest twist on a scam related to Social Security numbers, scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s SSN. It’s yet another...

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  • October 25, 2019

IRS urges families, teens to make online safety a priority Agency focuses on cybersecurity awareness during National Work and Family Month

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today urged families and teens to stay vigilant in protecting personal information while connected to the internet. Although the IRS is making huge strides in fighting identity theft and thwarting fraudulent tax returns,...

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  • October 23, 2019

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new versions of these two scams

With scam artists hard at work all year, taxpayers should be on the lookout for a surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams. Taxpayers should watch for new versions of two tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers...

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  • July 29, 2019

Tips to help taxpayers recognize tax scams

New versions of well-known tax-related scams appear every year…and 2019 is no different. No matter what time of year, taxpayers should be on the lookout for scams. Here are some things taxpayers should remember to help them spot scams...

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  • July 17, 2019

Return Preparer Fraud Hits IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid During the 2015 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest...

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  • January 27, 2015

IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return...

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  • February 20, 2014