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Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax fraud. Scammers use postal mail, telephone and email to deceive individuals, businesses, payroll and tax employees.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal information or finance.

The IRS wants you to understand how and when the agency communicates with taxpayers, and to help you determine whether a contact you may have received is actually from an IRS employee.

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 a payroll tax deposit. An IRS employee may also view assets or tour a business as part of an ongoing collection investigation, audit, or criminal investigation.

Even then, taxpayers will typically first receive various notices and letters from the IRS in the mail.

If you were a victim please contact the IRS

but they must also file a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and y Centro informativo sobre el robo de identidad.

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