Every year, the IRS releases a list or its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams, and this year’s list contains an entire category devoted to pandemic-related scams. Economic impact payments (stimulus checks) were especially inviting to thieves, who sent emails, text messages, and made phone calls in an effort to get banking information so they could intercept payments. As a reminder, the IRS never initiates contact by phone, email, text, or social media asking for personal information such as Social Security numbers or banking information. Many scammers also took advantage of the flood of unemployment claims by filing fraudulent claims. Anyone who receives a 1099-G reporting unemployment benefits that were not actually received should report their state unemployment agency.

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