The tax refund season is upon us, and that means scammers are out in force trying to trick unsuspecting taxpayers into giving up their hard-earned money. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from tax refund scams.
First, be on the lookout for emails, texts, or other communications that claim to be from the IRS or a tax software provider like TurboTax, but are actually from scammers. These communications will often try to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment that will install malware on your computer or mobile device. If you get an unsolicited communication that purports to be from the IRS, do not click on any links or open any attachments.
Another common tax scam is phishing, where scammers use fake emails or websites to try to trick you into disclosing your personal or financial information. They may even go so far as to create a fake IRS website that looks legitimate, but is actually just a way for them to steal your information.
To avoid falling for a phishing scam, never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails or texts. And be wary of any website that asks for personal or financial information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text, or social media to ask for personal or financial information.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, do not give them any personal or financial information. The IRS will never call you out of the blue to demand payment, and they will never threaten to arrest you if you donÃ¢â‚¬t pay. If you get a call like this, hang up and report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at
Finally, be aware of scams that target specific groups of taxpayers. For example, there are scams that specifically target taxpayers who are owed a refund from the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. These taxpayers should be on the lookout for fake emails or websites that claim to offer a tax refund in exchange for personal or financial information.
If you think youÃ¢â‚¬ve been the victim of a tax scam, you should contact the IRS immediately. You can also report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission at
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from tax refund scams and keep your hard-earned money out of the hands of criminals.