3 Tax Scams That You Need To Watch Out For
Have you been a victim of a tax scam? No? Well, that’s great!
Did you know that during tax time, tax scams usually go up.
Hello, this is Noel Dalmacio, your ultimate CPA at lowermytaxnow.
Today, you will learn 3 tax scams that you need to watch out for.
The first one is identity theft.
Scammers will use your social security number and personal information to file your tax return and claim a fraudulent refund.
If you get an IRS notice informing you that more than one return was filed in your name and you received wages from an unknown employer those are the signs that you have been victimized.
If you believe your personal information has been stolen and used for tax purposes, you should immediately contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit. Go to www.irs.gov and visit the special identity theft page on the IRS website.
The second one is phone scams.
Did someone call your home number and pretended to be an IRS agent and threatened you with police arrest, deportation and license revocation if you don’t pay your outstanding IRS bill? Let me tell you, it happened to my associates and my wife. They freaked out!
Just so you know, IRS usually corresponds through mails only. They do not call for any outstanding bills. And they never ask for credit or debit card information over the telephone and they never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action.
So when you receive this threatening phone call, please hang up or call IRS immediately.
Lastly, phishing. This is the use of unsolicited email about a bill or refund or fake website appearing to be from the IRS. Please do not click on one claiming to be from the IRS. Remember – IRS NEVER initiates a contact by email requesting your personal and financial information. Report such email immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There you have it. So for this coming tax season, watch out for these top three scams. Be careful when viewing e-mails or receiving telephone calls because scams can take on many sophisticated forms. Keep your personal information secured by protecting your computers and only provide your Social Security number when absolutely necessary.
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Until then, this is Noel Dalmacio, your ultimate CPA at lowermytaxnow