IRS Warns Taxpayers of Increased COVID-19 Frauds, Encourages Reporting of Scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning to taxpayers about fraudulent schemes related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The IRS urged those more vulnerable to scams, such as the elderly, to take extra precautions.

“We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic impact payment or your refund faster,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “That also applies to surprise emails that appear to be coming from the IRS. Remember, don’t open them or click on attachments or links. Go to for the most up-to-date information.”

The IRS warned taxpayers that coronavirus fraudsters might:

Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone, but instead, they should report potential coronavirus frauds. Learn more about reporting suspected scams by going to the Report Phishing and Online Scams page on

Official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments is on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on The page is updated quickly when new information is available.



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