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Urgent IRS warning when scammers are targeting your taxes and trying to steal your identity – how to protect yourself

The IRS is issuing a warning because scammers are targeting taxpayers to steal sensitive information, including their identities.

As the holiday and tax season approaches, it’s more important than ever to protect your personal information

The holiday season causes a spike in scams as more people are shopping online

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The holiday season causes a spike in scams as more people are shopping onlineCredit: Getty
The IRS is warning people to take extra precautions when it comes to their personal information

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The IRS is warning people to take extra precautions when it comes to their personal informationCredit: AP

When shopping online or reading emails and text messages, the IRS urges people to take extra precautions.

“Don’t let this be the best time of year for identity thieves,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a press release.

“The approach of the holidays and tax season increases risks for taxpayers and opportunities for crime.

“We urge people to be extra careful with their personal and financial information during this time when shopping online or receiving suspicious emails or texts.

“Taking a few simple steps can help keep people from falling victim to identity theft and protect sensitive personal information needed for tax returns and tax returns.”

There are several easy ways to avoid having your identity stolen. First and foremost, never respond to an email or phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS.

If you’re not sure if the person you’re contacting is from the IRS, ask your tax professional to call the IRS to dig deeper into the situation.

Also, you should never give out your social security number or any other kind of tax identification to someone via email.

“Tax preparers should have a secure portal that you can use to upload all the information they need from you,” said Tom Wheelwright, CEO of WealthAbility.

“If you are a victim of identity theft of any kind, notify your tax professional immediately so they can help you take the appropriate steps with the IRS.”

The IRS is focusing specifically on tax scams and fraud education for younger and older Americans through their 6th annual National Tax Security Awareness Week.

If someone doesn’t file a tax return, their online interactions can lead to scammers getting their information, the IRS says.

If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, you should contact the IRS immediately to take the necessary steps.

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If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, you should contact the IRS immediately to take the necessary steps.Credit: Getty
Never give out your personal or financial information to strangers online or by phone

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Never give out your personal or financial information to strangers online or by phoneCredit: Getty

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