IRS to Host Webinar on Tax Scams, Identity Theft

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission announced they will sponsor a free webinar designed to help everyone recognize and combat tax scams and tax-related identity theft.

The webinar will also explain how any individual taxpayer can receive an added layer of identity protection by applying for an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from the IRS.

The one-hour webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Open to all, the webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Common consumer and tax-related identity theft scams.
  • Methods for reporting and recovering from identity theft.
  • How identity thieves trick their victims into providing personally identifiable and financial information.
  • IRS’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number Program.
  • How to avoid unscrupulous tax return preparers.
  • Resources to protect against identity thieves.
  • How the Security Summit is working to protect taxpayers.

The webinar will be closed captioned and feature a question-and-answer session. To register for the webinar, visit the Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration page on For questions about the webinar, send an email to [email protected].

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Whether attending the webinar or not, anyone can get more information about recognizing and combating tax-related ID theft at To apply for an IP PIN or for more information about the Identity Protection Personal Identification Number program, visit

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