Tax scams are nothing new, and the IRS has recently compiled a list of tax scams warning taxpayers about aggressive new practices trending in the early part of the tax season. Be particularly on guard against “phishing” email or telephone scams. Phishing is a fake website, email, or an impersonator that attempts to trick you into giving away money or confidential information to a criminal by posing as a legitimate organization such as a bank or the IRS. If you have questions or concerns notify the IRS or talk to your tax attorney.
The following are the most notorious scams outlined by the IRS:
Phone Scams: These are aggressive or threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS officials. These people threaten to call the police, deportation, or license revocation. If someone claiming to be from the IRS is threatening you with arrest or some other kind of punitive action, it is likely a scam. Contact the IRS directly or your Tax Attorney if you need help.
Phishing Scams: Taxpayers should be very careful in regards to fake emails. The IRS will not send you an email about a bill or refund unexpectedly. Do not click on these emails, instead, go to the IRS website directly for more information.
Identity theft: Protect your identity rigorously. Shred any papers before disposing of them. Monitor bank accounts and credit agencies for irregularities and be very proactive if something unusual should take place.
Fake Charities: Be aware of fake charities. Take the extra time to do research on a putative charity before donating. If you intend to use that donation for tax purposes be sure to obtain legitimate documentation. Talk to your tax attorney about proper documentation for tax deductions.
The IRS will never demand immediate payment, and they will never contact you through the phone without first contacting you via mail. The IRS will not require a specific payment method such as a debit card, nor will they ask for credit card numbers over the phone. They will not threaten to bring in the local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS will always give you the option to demand an explanation or file an appeal. If you think you might owe the IRS, contact the IRS directly through their 1800 numbers. If you are confident of a scam, report the incident to the Department of the Treasury and the “FTC Complaint Assistant”
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