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IRS Warns About Back-To-School Tax Scams

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

22 August 2016


The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has warned American taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the "federal student tax."

The agency stressed that people should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake federal student tax. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents, the agency said.

"Although variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "As students and parents enter the new school year, they should remain alert to bogus calls, including those demanding fake tax payments from students."

The IRS has encouraged college and school communities to share information about the scam, so that students, parents, and their families are aware.

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