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
  • The IRS, Social Service Administration, or U.S. Treasury will not call or email offering grants or Economic Impact Payments in exchange for personal information, an advance fee, or gift cards.

Protect Yourself and Know Your Rights!

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.

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

Learn more by reading the IRS' Taxpayer Bill of Rights

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