The IRS Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas remind taxpayers that Wednesday marks the filing and payment deadline. Both entities also warned of an increase in tax and COVID-19 scams.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 to be postponed from April 15 to July 15 . Taxpayers filing Form 1040 series returns must file Form 4868 by Wednesday to obtain the automatic extension to Oct. 15.

“Although the extension provides additional time to file the tax return, it is not an extension to pay any taxes due,” said Tamera Cantu, special agent in charge of the IRSCI office in Dallas. “For people facing hardships who cannot pay in full, including those affected by COVID-19, the IRS has several options available for help. The IRS encourages taxpayers to visit IRS.gov as soon as possible to explore these options and avoid accruing interest and penalties after the July 15 deadline.”

Officials warned taxpayers to remain alert of scams.

“As you  prepare to pay your taxes, please know that criminals may use the filing deadline as an excuse to steal your personal financial information,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox said. “The IRS will never initiate information requests via phone, email or social media. So if someone posing as the IRS reaches out to you through those channels report it right away.”

Over the past few months, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division has continued to see a tremendous increase in a variety of Economic Impact Payment scams and other financial schemes. The division continues to work with its law enforcement partners to put a stop to these schemes and bring criminals to justice.

Taxpayers can report COVID-19 scams to the National Center for Disaster Fraud. Taxpayers can also report fraud or theft of their economic impact payments to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. 

Unsolicited emails, also known as phishing emails, that appear to be from the IRS should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

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