Watch out! How to avoid tax season scams

Tax scams come in phishing emails, phone calls, and even text messages or social media posts. The IRS will not contact you about payments without first mailing you a tax bill, and will not demand payment to a source other than the U.S. Treasury. IRS calls will inform you of the rights and appeals processes for taxpayers.

Some specific things to watch out for include:

  • Demands for immediate payment, especially in forms like prepaid gift cards, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency.
  • High-pressure tactics and threats to send local authorities after you or suspend driver and business licenses.
  • Calls asking you to provide personal and financial information.

Scammers frequently impersonate the IRS, and sometimes even U-M officials, in their email or calls. When in doubt, call the IRS to confirm your tax status.

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