The Internal Revenue Service is sending out 130-million letters to Americans next week to let them know about the tax rebates from the economic stimulus package. But I.R.S.spokesperson Michelle Eldridge says one thing they won’t do, is contact you seeking personal information for the rebate. Eldridge says anyone calling for that information is trying to scam you.
Eldridge says they were getting reports before the stimulus package was passed from people asking for personal information, saying they needed it for the rebates. She says the only way you can get a rebate is by filing a tax return. Eldridge says any request for personal information supposedly linked to the I-R-S, should raise a red flag.
Eldridge says the I.R.S.won’t call you on the phone, will not send you an unsolicited e-mail. "So if you are receiving something like that and they are asking you for your bank information, don’t give it out," Eldridge says. For more details on eligibility, payment amounts and requirements for the rebates, go to the I.R.S. website.