Beware of Coronavirus & Tax Scams

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Scam artists have been trying to take people’s payments. Know how to recognize them.

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  • Be careful of emails with links claiming to have special stimulus information.
  • The IRS will not demand personal information or payment from you by calling, emailing, or texting you.
  • Remember, the IRS will never threaten to bring in law enforcement without an appeal.
  • Don’t open surprise emails that look like they’re coming from the IRS.
  • Not all tax preparers are honest. Get help finding a reputable tax preparer using the IRS Preparer Directory

Protect Yourself and Know Your Rights!

Learn more by reading the IRS' Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Chicagoans: If you are paying someone to do your taxes, remember that you have rights as a consumer - review this Consumer Bill of Rights from the City of Chicago

Information on how to protect yourself financially is available from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/#scam

A list of common scams to avoid is available at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

Learn how to tell the IRS from scammers here https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

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