Thursday August 13, 2020
IRS Warning On COVID–19 Scams
In IR-2020-115, the Internal Revenue Service cautioned taxpayers to be on guard against tax fraud and other financial schemes. The COVID-19 crisis has opened a new door for fraudsters and scammers, who are creating strategies to victimize taxpayers.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, "Criminals seize every opportunity to exploit bad situations, and this pandemic is no exception. The IRS is fully focused on protecting Americans while delivering Economic Impact Payments in record time. The pursuit of those who participate in COVID–19 related scams, intentionally abusing the programs intended to help millions of Americans during these uncertain times, will long remain a significant priority of both the IRS and IRS-CI."
There are a variety of new scams and schemes, such as:
If you believe that you are a victim of a scam, you can report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721. You also could submit a web complaint form or report to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at Tips.TIGTA.gov.
Published June 12, 2020