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As the deadline for filing your taxes approaches, scammers are hard at work phishing for your personal information and impersonating the IRS. Tax scams can take many forms. It's important to be knowledgeable so you can protect your personal information.

Beware of Tax Fraud and Related Scams

You may also be unable to e-file your return because of a duplicate Social Security number. If you know or suspect you are a victim of tax-related identity theft, visit for next steps.

  • Phishing attempts are made via email, text message, or social media channels and may request your personal or financial information.

They may display the IRS logo and feature subject lines like "Tax refund payment" and "Recalculation of your tax refund payment." If you receive a suspicious email, do not click on any links or open any attachments. Learn how to tell if it’s really the IRS.

Don't give out any information to these callers, and always report suspicious communications to the IRS. Report the caller ID and callback number to the IRS by emailing The subject line should include "IRS Phone Scam." The same email address can be used to report email phishing scams.

Learning how to identify tax scams and using healthy skepticism are some of the best tools available to you.

Additional Tips for Protecting Your Information

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