Taxpayers warned of phishing scam during system upgrade

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is warning residents to beware scammers as it switches over to a new tax information system.

State officials are in the midst of a major upgrade that includes issuing new tax identification numbers. Information will be mailed to individual taxpayers at the end of August.

But while this happens, the state says it’s getting reports of a phishing scam that claims to be tied to the transition.

Recently, a Kailua-Kona resident received a call from someone purporting to be a department employee. The scammer asked the taxpayer for personal information, saying it was related to the department’s conversion to the new system.

Department officials stress that they do not contact taxpayers by telephone for tax account information, nor will they request additional personal information.

If you receive such a call, do not give out your personal information.

Click here for more information on the tax system modernization program.

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