Protect Yourself: How to Avoid Tax Scams This Season


Tax season is not just a time for filing returns; it's also peak season for savvy criminals looking to exploit unsuspecting taxpayers. Scammers often impersonate the IRS through various channels, including over the phone, via email, or physical mail; all with the aim of stealing money and sensitive personal information. To safeguard yourself against these threats, it's crucial for all taxpayers to remain vigilant and well-informed. Here's a guide on how to protect yourself from tax scams.

Email Phishing Scams

One of the most common tactics used by scammers is email phishing, where fraudulent emails claim to be from the IRS and request personal or financial information. Remember:

  • The IRS does not initiate contact by email for such purposes.
  • Never open attachments or click on links in unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to the sender or provide any sensitive information.

If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to [email protected] to report the scam. It's important to note that the IRS typically communicates with taxpayers through traditional mail when addressing tax matters.

Phone Scams

Another prevalent scam involves fraudulent phone calls from individuals posing as IRS agents. These scammers often use aggressive and intimidating tactics to pressure taxpayers into paying fictitious debts. Here's what you should know:

  • The IRS does not demand immediate payment over the phone using prepaid debit cards, gift cards, or wire transfers.
  • They do not threaten arrest, deportation, or license revocation.
  • Do not engage with hostile or threatening callers.

If you receive a suspicious call:

  • Hang up immediately without providing any personal information.
  • Report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
  • Forward the caller ID and callback number to [email protected] with the subject line "IRS Phone Scam."
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Scammers can manipulate caller ID numbers to appear legitimate, sometimes even displaying actual IRS office numbers or other government agencies therefore, it is incredibly important to remain vigilant. 

Verifying Tax Owings

If you're uncertain about your tax situation or want to confirm what you owe you can access your tax account information securely online at You can also review available payment options directly through the IRS website.

It's essential to remember that the IRS and its authorized private collection agencies have specific protocols they follow and will not:

  • Leave urgent or threatening messages on voicemail.
  • Demand immediate payment with unconventional methods like gift cards.
  • Threaten arrest or deportation without proper due process.
  • Ask for payment to be made to third parties or demand payment without providing an opportunity for appeal.

Stay Informed, Stay Safe

To maintain the security of your personal information and finances during tax season, it's essential to stay informed about the tactics scammers commonly employ. Adhering to these guidelines can help you protect yourself effectively. If you come across any suspicious communication or suspect fraudulent activity, it's important to exercise caution and report it promptly to the appropriate authorities. Stay safe, stay vigilant, and navigate tax season smoothly while ensuring the security of your information.

Additional Resources

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA): Contact TIGTA to report IRS impersonation scam calls.
IRS Email Reporting: Forward suspicious emails to [email protected].
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): File a complaint with the FTC regarding scam calls.


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