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Department of Taxation and Finance

Tax scams and consumer alerts

Warning from the New York State Office of Information Technology Services

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services has issued a warning to the public to be aware of phishing schemes related to, the citizen-facing portal for New York State services. The phishing email directs users to a site collecting personal information under the false promise of a stimulus check. If you receive such an email, do not click any links or provide any personal information. Immediately delete the message and then clear it from your Deleted Messages folder. For more information, see Consumer Alert: NYS ITS Warns Public of Phishing Scheme.

Debt collection scam letters

Learn how to tell the difference between a debt collection scam letter and legitimate letters you might receive from the Tax Department or collection agency. Review the samples below.

Client data protections for tax professionals

As you change business practices in response to COVID-19—particularly if you’re working from home—it’s critical that you take the time to review your data security practices.

Learn how you can protect your clients’ data—and your own—from security breaches.