For more than half a year, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) has reported a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers. According to the IRS in a news release Tuesday, “criminals are taking advantage of the second round of Economic Impact Payments – as well as the approaching filing season – to trick honest taxpayers out of their hard-earned money.”

“IRS-CI, along with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, are prepared to investigate and bring to justice, those who seek to take advantage of taxpayers who are the intended recipients of these economic impact payments,” said David Talcott, Acting Special Agent in Charge. “We urge taxpayers to continue to protect their personal information.”

Some common COVID-19 scams include:

·         Text messages asking taxpayers to…

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