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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 10, 2020

Puerto Rico U.S. Attorney’s Office And IRS-Criminal Investigation Remind Taxpayers Of Upcoming Tax Filing Deadline; Urge Taxpayers To Remain Vigilant Of Scams

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow and Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to remind taxpayers of the July 15 filing and payment deadline and warned against an increase in tax and COVID-19 scams.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15. Taxpayers filing Form 1040 series returns must file Form 4868 by July 15 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.  For people facing hardships who cannot pay in full, including those affected by COVID-19, the IRS has several options available to 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.

As the filing deadline approaches, taxpayers should beware of tax and COVID-19 related scams. “We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and bring to justice those who exploit the ongoing public health crisis in order to enrich themselves. I urge citizens to remain vigilant and to be skeptical of any telephone calls, e-mails, or websites that request personal information or banking information, while promising money or services that seem too good to be true,” said U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow.

“Taxpayers should remain vigilant in the handling of their personal and financial information as criminals use this as an opportunity to take advantage of vulnerabilities,” said Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation division in Florida. “IRS-CI will continue to pursue these crimes and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”

In the last few months, the IRS Criminal Investigation division (CI) has continued to see a tremendous increase in a variety of Economic Impact Payment scams and other financial schemes. CI 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 (TIGTA). Unsolicited (phishing) e-mails that appear to be from the IRS should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov.

For the most up-to-date information about the tax filing deadline and IRS impersonation scams, taxpayers can visit IRS.gov.

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Coronavirus
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Updated July 10, 2020