IRS issues tax scam warning

As a result of an emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued another warning urging taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the evolving tactics of scammers.

Since October 2013, about 600,000 incidents have been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. More than 4,000 victims have reported financial losses totaling more than $20 million as a result of tax scams.

Scammers posing as IRS agents first targeted those viewed as most vulnerable, including senior citizens, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English, but scammers recently have developed new tactics that can be used to target virtually anyone.