5 Practical Tips for Preventing a Tax Scam

  1. Don’t reply to any emails regarding your federal or state tax returns or bills.
  2. Don’t open any email attachments or links, as they may contain a malicious code or virus that will infect your computer.
  3. Don’t respond to any demands for payment or financial information, even if the communication appears to be from your federal or state tax authority.
  4. If you receive incoming emails, texts, calls, or social media messages claiming to be from the IRS or state tax authority, contact them directly to verify the request before taking any other action.
  5. If you encounter a tax scam email, forward it to phishing@irs.gov and then delete the email.