CELL PHONE SECURITY: Mobile devices used for conducting sensitive transactions (banking, tax return information, sensitive attachments via email, browsing, etc.) require the same protection as your desktop PC or laptop. Learn more here:

Please note that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or phone to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. ‪If you get an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, please report it by sending it to If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, please send the site’s URL by email to, using the subject line: suspicious website. For more information on phishing scams, please see Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft.  When in doubt, ask the caller to send their request for your information "in writing by US postal mail".
PIN NumberExtra Security: Using a PIN or an IP-PIN
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The Internal Revenue Service, the states, and the tax industry have taken new steps since 2017 to protect you and help reduce the risk of identity theft affecting your tax returns this filing season.  It’s no secret that identity theft of all kinds is persistent, time consuming and frustrating. When criminals steal your personal data (especially your name and Social Security number) they can use that information to file a fraudulent tax return. That’s referred to as tax-related identity theft. Read more at IRS web site.
direct pay web page at official IRS websitePay your Federal Tax Payments Securely, On-Line, for Free
The US Mail service is not always reliable for timely mailing of your tax payments. Using the postal mail, you are left wondering if and when the IRS received your payment. You must monitor your bank account to ensure the check was cashed. If it wasn't and now a due date has passed, you may be subject to a late payment fee. Eliminate that uncertainty and stress by remitting tax payments online, for free. Use DIRECT-PAY. You will receive an instant confirmation of payment sent, with a date and time stamp. Print for your proof of timely payment. Keep a copy with your tax information for the current tax year. You will need your checking account routing number and acccount number. You need to know the type of tax you are paying, for example, Form 1040, Amended 1040-X, Form 4868 Extension Payments, Individual Form 1040, or Quarterly Estimated Tax 1040-ES. You indicate the Tax Year to which the payment will be applied and you can select the date for withdrawal from your bank account. Learn More
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