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New tax-related scams come to light every year… and unfortunately, this year is no different. So far in 2022, the IRS has identified thousands of fraudulent domains tied to text scams, known as smishing.
Smishing campaigns target mobile phone users, and the scam texts often look like they’re coming from the IRS, with fake messages offering COVID relief, tax credits or help setting up an IRS online account.
In the latest smishing activity, the scam texts ask taxpayers to click a link or call a telephone number where criminals will collect their personal or financial information. The IRS does not send emails or text messages asking for personal, financial information or account numbers.
Along with the text scams, there are still a lot of phone and email scams out there too. The IRS shared the following red flags to help you spot scams and avoid becoming a victim.
You should remember that the IRS generally first mails a bill to a taxpayer who owes taxes. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never:
If a taxpayer receives a phone call, but doesn’t owe taxes and has no reason to think they do, they should:
If a taxpayer owes tax or not sure if they do, they should:
The biggest thing to remember is to never, ever give your credit card or debit card information over the phone to someone claiming to be with the IRS and never send a check to a third-party claiming to be collecting on behalf of the IRS!
Candace is the founder of NewWay Accounting and is a CPA who specializes in working with fellow entrepreneurs. She strives to take the fear and anxiety out of taxes and help empower small business owners to feel more confident and in control of their finances.
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