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January 11, 2017

IRS issues consumer alert about recent tax scams

NYSUT Member Benefits believes strongly in protecting the NYSUT membership against fraud and identity theft. To that effect, we want to ensure that all NYSUT members & their families take the necessary steps to safeguard against this type of crime as we enter the 2017 tax season.

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a consumer alert on its website about criminals contacting taxpayers by phone, email and online regarding various tax payments.

According to the IRS website, some of the most prevalent IRS impersonation scams include requesting fake tax payments; targeting students and parents with a fake "Federal Student Tax"; sending fraudulent bills related to the Affordable Care Act; soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals; imitating software providers to trick tax professionals; "verifying" tax return information over the phone; and pretending to be from the tax preparation industry.

Keep in mind that the IRS will NEVER contact you out of the blue over the phone asking to verify tax information or demanding immediate payment. If you receive a phone call like this, you should hang up immediately.

Click here to read the full release from the IRS website.