February 16, 2010

IRS Impersonators

During income tax filing season, there are a lot of IRS impersonation schemes. These schemes may take place by email, phone, fax, internet sites and social networking sites.

The IRS will not send you unsolicited e-mails about your tax situations, tax accounts or personal tax issues. If you receive such an e-mail, most likely it's a scam.

Some impersonations may be commercial internet sites that you unknowingly visit, thinking you’re accessing the genuine IRS Web site, IRS.gov. However, such sites have no connection to the IRS.

Many impersonations are identity theft scams that try to trick you into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to access your financial accounts. Some email scams contain links or attachments that download malicious code (virus) that infects your computer or direct you to a bogus form or site posing as a genuine IRS form or Web site when you click on them.

February 8, 2010

The IRS And YouTube

There exists an official YouTube channel of the Internal Revenue Service. It features videos produced by the IRS on various tax administration topics. Information is available about all kinds of topics, including the the appeals examination process, appeals collection process, tax tips, record keeping, choosing a tax preparer, how to track your tax refund, how to check your tax withholding and the homeowner credit claim.