IRS Tax Tip 2023-99, Aug. 8, 2023

Crooks are always looking for new ways to scam unsuspecting taxpayers. Scammers impersonate the IRS by phone or email, in person, or by mail or delivery service – and cost people their time and money. By staying vigilant against schemes and scams, taxpayers can protect themselves.

Scammers can pose as the IRS by mail – taxpayers should know the facts

One of the newest and more devious schemes involves mail coming in a cardboard envelope from either a delivery service or the United States Postal Service (USPS). The enclosed letter includes the IRS masthead and wording that the notice is “in relation to your unclaimed refund.” The contact information does not belong to the IRS, but the mailing looks official. This scheme seeks sensitive personal information from taxpayers – including driver’s license photos – that can be used by identity thieves to steal the taxpayer’s refund… [Read full article here].

Observation: As technology improves and social engineering becomes more effective, you must take necessary steps to stay aware of your tax situation and of your data and information. However, many of us already know to stay vigilant with our sensitive data. What we may not be prepared for is the direct assault from an IRS impersonator. Follow the IRS guidance and remain alert to protect your information and your tax refund. For more tax guidance, strategy, planning or preparation, schedule a free consult with Art Chianese, our Chief of Tax Advisory Services today.

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