From: A Consumer Action News Alert • February 2016 • www.consumer-action.org
Identity theft, fraud committed by your tax return preparer, phone scams and phishing (fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information) are all things to watch for this tax season, according to the Internal Revenue Service’s “Dirty Dozen” list of scams.
While filing taxes can be confusing, one thing is clear: The IRS will never initiate contact with you by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information. Unfortunately, however, Congress passed a bill a couple of months ago that will allow debt collectors to call on behalf of the IRS. It’s important to note that these collectors are not allowed to accept payment directly over the phone (all payments must be processed by the IRS). So, even though you may get a call if you’re long overdue on paying your taxes, you should never give out your bank account or credit card number to the person calling. (If they’re asking for it, they’re scamming you!)