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It’s only been a few days since the IRS started paying out child tax credits – meaning tens of millions of families have started receiving up to $ 300 per child – and the agency is already putting it down. warns American families against crooks who try to steal their money.
“Watch out for criminals who ask you, by phone, email, text – or even on social media, to verify your information,” the IRS warned Wednesday.
Such contacts are false and should be ignored or reported.
Officials also reminded recipients of monthly payments that the IRS never uses any of these methods to request personal or financial information.
“When it comes to phone calls, remember that the IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening messages. For example, if you receive a voicemail message saying that an arrest warrant will be issued against your arrest … it’s not the IRS. “
Another red flag that someone is trying to wave at you: if they request payment via gift card, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency.
Clicking on links in unsolicited emails or websites masquerading as legitimate sites and offering information can result in theft, tax evasion and identity theft.
Few eligible families need to take action
In fact, most eligible parents will have already received a deposit in their bank account without taking any action. The IRS uses banking information already recorded on 2019 and 2020 tax returns to make automatic deposits. No further action is necessary.
However, for those who are not required to file tax returns, officials say to go to this IRS page to provide basic information for future payments, which arrive on the 15th of each month.