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.
  • If you are expecting your stimulus check to come in the mail and not to your bank account, be aware that the check may come as a debit card in the mail. The debit card, called the Economic Impact Card, will be sent in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal. It has the Visa name on the front of the Card and the issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A., on the back of the card. Review this Economic Impact Card fact sheet for tips on how to use it without fees.

Protect Yourself and Know Your Rights!

A list of common scams to avoid is available at

Learn how to tell the IRS from scammers here

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:

Learn more by reading the IRS' Taxpayer Bill of Rights

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