In addition, taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft, especially around tax time. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else's social security number. The IRS is making progress on this front but taxpayers still need to be extremely careful and do everything they can to avoid becoming a victim.
Always shred any document with personal information. The IRS is not going to call you randomly. If you do receive a call claiming to be the IRS, take note of the area code. It may appear to be 202 area code from Washington, D.C., but is actually coming from overseas.