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Tax season is also busy season for savvy criminals. Scammers impersonating the IRS either over-the-phone, by email or in-person can steal money from people. All taxpayers should stay vigilant against these schemes.

Here are some tips to help people recognize and avoid tax-related scams.

Email phishing scams
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. Generally, the IRS first mails a paper bill to a person who owes taxes. In some special situations, the IRS will call or come to a home or business.

Taxpayers should report IRS, Treasury or tax-related suspicious online or email phishing scams to [email protected]. They should not open any attachments, click on any links, reply to the sender, or take any other actions that could put them at risk.

Phone scams
The IRS generally first mails a bill to a taxpayer who owes taxes. There are specific ways to pay taxes. The agency and…

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