Mary Alice Reporting – As tax season winds down with the deadline on Tuesday, it’s important to watch out for scam attempts.

April 18th, is the final day to get city, statem and federal income taxes filed to avoid any potential penalties. Tax day also serves as the date for the first quarter estimated tax payments for 2023.

When it comes to finances, fraudsters try to trick individuals, with the IRS noting that thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams.

Chief Tax Information Officer, with Jackson Hewitt, Mark Steber says these scammers typically initiate contact by regular mail, telephone, or email.

“The IRS never emails, they do not telephone you, they do not call local law enforcement, and so, if taxpayers get a phone call, or an email, or any kind of message from the IRS, it’s fake, and if you don’t know it’s fake, seek out your tax pro.”

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business. These include when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, a delinquent (unfiled) tax return or has not made an employment tax deposit. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices“) from the IRS in the mail.

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