Michael Lodge - The Business Advisor - 424.542.7299 -www.lodge-co.com: As the official start of tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is alerting taxpayers to a new tax scam that could potentially cost them hundreds of dollars. The scam involves deceptive emails that appear to be from the IRS and feature the agency's logo. Marvin, an IRS spokesperson, points out several red flags for taxpayers to watch for, such as inconsistencies in the email content and strange versions and spellings of "IRS." He advises being alert to typos, misspellings, and anything that doesn't look normal in business correspondence. The latest scam to be aware of involves an email claiming to be about the "Third round of economic impact payments," stating it concerns "an important matter regarding your recent tax return filing." The email falsely promises a refund of $976 once the requested documents are submitted and includes a button labeled “complete my information,” which the IRS warns against clicking.
NOTE: The IRS will never send you an email. If you see one in your email, don't open it and delete it.
Marvin emphasizes the importance of scrutinizing emails and urges taxpayers to be cautious and vigilant to protect themselves from falling victim to this and other tax scams. The IRS stresses the importance of staying informed and following the hard and fast rule of never clicking on suspicious links or providing personal information in response to unsolicited emails. Taxpayers are encouraged to report any suspicious emails or potential scams to the IRS to help prevent others from becoming victims of fraudulent schemes.