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IRS warns anew of 2021 tax scammers: 'very active and very creative'
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Tax season has arrived along with scams aiming to steal your identity.
The latest scam targets Electronic Filing Identification Numbers or EFINs, the IRS warned.
Tax professionals and their clients are particularly at risk, the IRS said. By stealing client data and tax preparers' identities, the scammers can file fraudulent tax returns for refunds, the IRS said.
Phishing scams are the tool of choice, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement, referring to schemes where scammers send seemingly authentic email from banks and other trusted entities like the IRS to dupe victims into handing over sensitive data.
“Tax professionals must remain vigilant. The scammers are very active and very creative,” Rettig said.