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IRS Scams

Find out how to report IRS scams, and learn how to identify and protect yourself from tax scams.

or by calling TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484. Forward email messages that claim to be from the IRS to

How to Avoid IRS Imposter Scams

There are things you can do to protect yourself from an IRS imposter scam.


  • Beware if someone calls claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS will always contact you by mail before calling you about unpaid taxes.

  • Ask the caller to provide their name, badge number, and callback number. Then call TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 to find out if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate reason to contact you. If you confirm that the caller is from the IRS, call them back. Otherwise, . 

  • Become familiar with what fraudulent IRS email messages look like. .

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2 of the letter, form, or notice on the IRS website.

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2Be suspicious of threats. The IRS won’t threaten to have police arrest you for not paying a bill.


  • Don’t give in to demands to pay money immediately. Be especially suspicious of demands to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2Don’t trust the name or phone number on a caller ID display that shows “IRS.” that shows on caller ID using a technique called spoofing.

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2Don’t click on any links in email or text messages to verify your information.

Xổ số miền bắc 2 to the address on the federal tax return indicating that tax ID theft has occurred.

Find out what steps you can take after receiving a 5071C letter and how you can avoid or report tax ID scams.

What Is a 5071C Letter?

The 5071C letter is a legitimate letter from the IRS that provides instructions to verify that you submitted the tax return in question. 

If you receive a 5071C letter, verify your identity with the IRS. There are two ways to verify your identity with the IRS:

  • Online on the IRS' secure Identity Verification Service website, or

  • By calling the toll-free number listed in your letter.

You will be asked a series of questions to verify your identity. You will also be asked to confirm whether or not you filed the federal tax return in question.

You will need the following documents to verify your identity when you access the website or call:

  • Your previous year's federal tax return

  • Your current year's federal tax return, if you've already filed it

  • Supporting documents from this year's federal tax return, such as Form W-2, Form 1099, and Schedules A and C

How to Report Tax ID Theft

It’s important to take action if you receive a 5071C letter from the IRS. You can also take these steps if you become the victim of a tax ID theft or if you receive a letter from the IRS about a problem.

  1. Xổ số miền bắc 2Respond immediately to any IRS notice by calling the number provided on the letter. If instructed, go to the IRS .

  2. Complete. Print it, then mail or fax according to instructions.

  3. Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper.

  4. If you are a victim of state tax ID theft, about the next steps you need to take.

If you’ve already contacted the IRS, but still need more tax ID theft assistance, you can call 1-800-908-4490.

Xổ số miền bắc 2You should also take these steps to report the scam and protect your bank accounts:

  1. File a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at . You can also call the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261.

  2. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records:

    1. : 1-888-766-0008

    2. : 1-888-397-3742

    3. : 1-800-680-7289

  3. Contact your financial institutions to close any accounts opened without your permission or that show unusual activity.

How to Protect Yourself From Tax ID Theft

Follow these steps to prevent tax identity theft.


File your income taxes early in the season, before a thief can file taxes in your name. Also, keep an eye out for any IRS letter or notice that states:

  • More than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number.

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2You owe additional tax.

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2You have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.

  • You have had a . 

  • Xổ số miền bắc 2IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer unknown to you.


Xổ số miền bắc 2Don’t reply to or click on any links in suspicious emails, texts, and social media messages. Make sure to .


How Tax Transcript Scams Work

Xổ số miền bắc 2The scam works this way: you get an email with the words “tax transcripts” in the subject line. The email has an attachment named “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar. Don’t open this attachment. It’s malware known as Emotet that can infect your computer network and steal personal and business information. 

Xổ số miền bắc 2The IRS will never call, email, or text you asking for your tax information. It will also not send you a message with an attachment asking you to log in to get a tax transcript or update your profile.   

How to Protect Yourself and Report Tax Transcript Scams


  • Delete the email with the attachment, or forward it to if you’re on a personal computer.

  • Notify your technology office staff about the email if you’re on a work computer. 


  • Xổ số miền bắc 2Don’t open the infected document because it contains malware.

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Last Updated: September 17, 2020