-- Forward any suspect emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don't open any attachments or click on any links in the email. And be aware that some of the scams involve claims that you are entitled to a refund. I just got one such email.
Don't believe the hype or scare tactics. Just go to the source -- the IRS -- to independently verify any call, email or text you receive about your tax situation.
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