April 1, 2024

Utah (ABC4) – It is officially tax season and the Internal Revenue Service, IRS, is warning of tax scammers.

Most of 2020 was spent amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Stimulus payments and unemployment, along with other yearly financial responsibilities, might make filing your taxes a little more confusing this year. 

The Utah Department of Public Safety took to social media sending out their own warning for Utahns to be alert to potential scams. 

“As tax season approaches, it’s important to be alert for tax scammers. Many IRS impersonators use threats to intimidate and bully people into paying a fake tax bill. They may even threaten to arrest or deport their would-be victim if the victim doesn’t comply,” the Department states.

According to the IRS, many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials in person, over the phone, and even via email. 

“Don’t get scammed,” the IRS says. They say they want people to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers in order to help people determine whether a contact received is truly from an IRS employee or if it is a scam. 

The IRS says they will initiate most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, they say there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business. 

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