From IRS.GOV: Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 12-Jan-2022
Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.
The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.
Scams Targeting Taxpayers
IRS, Security Summit partners remind families to make online safety a priority during National Cybersecurity Month
During National Cybersecurity Month, the Internal Revenue Service reminds families, teens and senior citizens about the continued importance of protecting personal and financial information online. Parents, families and others should be mindful of the pitfalls that can be found by sharing devices at home, shopping online and through navigating various social media platforms.
The Internal Revenue Service joined international organizations and other regulators in highlighting Charity Fraud Awareness Week in October 2021. The campaign is run by a partnership of charities, regulators, law enforcers and other not-for-profit stakeholders from across the world to raise awareness of fraud and cybercrime affecting organizations and to create a safe space for charities and their supporters to talk about fraud and share good practice.
Beware of OIC Mills – avoid costly promoters advertising settlement with the IRS for “pennies-on-the-dollar”
The IRS reminds taxpayers to beware of promoters claiming their services are needed to settle with the IRS, that their debts can be settled for “pennies-on-the-dollar” or that there is a limited window of time to resolve tax debts through the Offer in Compromise (OIC) program. These promoters are often referred to as “OIC Mills.” Find information on OIC Mills in the news release IRS "Dirty Dozen" list warns people to watch out for tax-related scams involving fake charities, ghost preparers and other schemes.
The Internal Revenue Service warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have ".edu" email addresses.
In the latest twist on a scam related to Social Security numbers, scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s SSN. It’s yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning ‘robocall’ voicemails.
Security Summit warns of new IRS impersonation email scam; reminds taxpayers the IRS does not send unsolicited emails
Surge in Email, Phishing and Malware Schemes
Fraudsters Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
Some taxpayers receive emails that appear to be from the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, trying to trick victims into providing personal and financial information. Do not respond or click any link. If you receive this scam, forward it to email@example.com and note that it seems to be a scam phishing for your information.
TAP is a volunteer board that advises the IRS on systemic issues affecting taxpayers. It never requests, and does not have access to, any taxpayer’s personal and financial information.