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Agency Warns of Tax Scams This Holiday Season, Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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Agency Warns of Tax Scams This Holiday Season, Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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The combination of the holiday shopping season, the upcoming tax season and the pandemic creates additional opportunities for criminals to steal sensitive personal or financial information. Now, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning taxpayers to beware of a dangerous combination of events that can increase their exposure to tax scams or identity theft, according to a release.

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People should take extra care while shopping online or viewing emails and texts, the IRS detailed.

“Don’t let this be the most wonderful time of the year for identity thieves,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the release. “The approach of the holidays and tax season increases risk for taxpayers and opportunities for criminals. We urge people to be extra careful with their personal and financial information during this period while shopping online or getting suspicious emails or text. Taking a few simple steps can keep people from becoming victims of identity theft and protect their sensitive personal information needed for tax returns and refunds.”

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