Security: Using a PIN or an IP-PIN
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
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".
What is it? Do I need it? Learn More
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.
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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
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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.
Retirement & Taxes
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