As tax day is almost upon us it is important to remember that there are criminals out there who will do anything to get their hands on your information. The IRS is urging taxpayers to be on guard as suspicious activity will be rampant at this time of year. There are many scams out there, below are a few common ones to look out for:
Toward Tax Preparers:
- Be careful if you get an email from a “client” requesting to change information like direct deposit or their address. If this happens be sure to verbally confirm with your client that they are the ones who wanted the change.
- This is also a good time for professionals the change and strengthen their own email passwords in order to protect their sensitive data better.
Toward Tax Payers
- Look out for messages from your tax software provider or others asking you to update your accounts. These can be phishing emails that are trying to scam your information.
- The IRS will not send unsolicited emails or requests for sensitive data.
- Learn to recognize phishing scams by visiting our resource page.
Remember to be safe and cautious this tax season.
Information provided via IRS.gov/