The West Virginia State Tax Department is joining with the IRS in urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
There has been a recent wave of new and evolving phishing schemes against taxpayers due to the recent news about economic impact payments (referred to often as economic stimulus or rebates). The IRS and State Tax Department will not call you asking to verify or provide your financial information in order to receive a quicker refund or an economic impact payment. Please also be wary of emails, text messages, websites, and social media attempts to request money or personal information. Remember, do not open e-mails or click on attachments or links.
According to the IRS, most economic impact payments will be deposited into the direct deposit account taxpayers previously provided on tax returns. Taxpayers should not provide their direct deposit or other banking information for others to input on their behalf into the secure portal.
Those who receive unsolicited emails, text messages or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from the West Virginia State Tax Department, please visit the following link for WV tax fraud reporting information:
Report Tax Fraud
Suspected WV tax fraud may be reported online, by telephone, or by U.S. Mail.
Should you receive similar communications that appear to be from the IRS, please forward to
For more information about the IRS economic impact payments, coronavirus relief, and IRS efforts to combat fraud, please visit