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IRS warns of top scams

It’s that time again! Tax season is upon us. What does that mean?

Scammers will come out of the woodwork to steal your employees’ personal and financial information. That’s why the IRS warned about the main frauds these criminals utilise. Share it to raise awareness.

TCOVID-19
Inform employees of an increase in text message frauds. And such texts may mention COVID-19. Other online tools and websites may also be included.

Remind staff that the IRS never texts about personal tax difficulties, invoices, or refunds! Only IRS Secure Access is used. The IRS also won’t contact them via social media.

If they receive one of these messages, tell them to snap a screenshot and email it to [email protected] with the date, time, and time zone.

Finalement, warn them not to click on links or accept attachments in unsolicited text messages from tax agencies.

Phishing emails
The IRS will never contact employees through email to obtain personal or financial information. If the IRS needs personal information, it will usually contact you via standard USPS mail.

If they get an unsolicited email from the IRS or a programme associated with the IRS, they should report it. Ask them to forward the email to [email protected] They can get specific instructions by going to IRS.gov and clicking on “What to do if you get a suspicious IRS-related email.”

Scam calls
Taxes are not collected locally. Remind employees that the IRS will never pre-record an urgent or threatening message.

The agency says scammers frequently leave messages threatening taxpayers with arrest if they don’t call back. They can also appear to be phoning from the IRS, local law enforcement, or anywhere in the US.

Don’t give out personal or financial information over the phone if they get one of these calls.

Facts about the IRS. It will never:

use prepaid debit cards, gift cards, or wire transfers for tax payments.
arrest a taxpayer, demand payment without question or appeal, and obtain credit or debit card information over the phone
Tell employees that if they owe the IRS, they will get a bill in the mail asking payment by check made payable to “U.S. Treasury” only. Not using third parties.

Notify a call:

IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting
Notify [email protected] of the caller ID and/or callback number, and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.
Assist an employee who is confused whether they owe taxes.

To find out what they owe, customers can go to IRS.gov or call 800-829-1040.
Jobless fraud
Since your staff are employed, you won’t have to worry about unemployment fraud this year.

However, if your employees’ spouses or partners are unemployed, it can cause tension.

Just remind them about unclaimed unemployment or other benefits. False jobless claims using stolen identities have skyrocketed.

To report fraud to state workforce agencies, visit the Department of Labor’s website.