Use direct deposit for your refund
- Around tax time, fraudsters might steal mail, hoping to find checks.
- Direct deposit is secure, easy to set up, and you get your money faster. Use form 8888 and your account and routing number.
Tax scams cost thousands of people millions of dollars1, according to the IRS.
As tax season approaches, the following steps can help you protect yourself—and your money.
Don’t provide personal information over the phone. Scammers may call you demanding payment and might even threaten you with jail time or arrest.
TCF will never call you and ask for your bank account number, PIN, card number, or password.
In comparison, the IRS typically contacts people by U.S. mail. On rare occasion they’ll call someone to discuss an overdue tax bill, but they will include how to appeal the amount owed, explain taxpayers’ rights, and request check payments be made to “United States Treasury.”