The Internal Revenue Service never calls asking for money — especially not now, right before the April 18 tax-filing date. It will always send a letter in the mail.
"The IRS urges tax preparers to verbally reconfirm information with the client should they receive a last-minute email request to change an address or direct deposit account for refunds," the agency said.
It also suggests strengthening email passwords to better protect accounts used to exchange sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, bank account information or credit-card numbers.
If you receive suspicious emails purporting to be from a tax-software provider or from the IRS, forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get an extension, or make a payment. Taxpayers seeking extensions can download, print and file a paper Form 4868 from IRS.gov/forms. The form must be mailed to the IRS with a postmark on or before April 18. An extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay, however — you must submit an estimated tax payment with Form 4868.