As we are now in tax season, more con artists are trying to pull IRS scams.
The IRS is aware of these scams and has warned the public about many of them. Many don’t realize that the IRS does not email or text message anyone about tax issues they may have, ever.
Every year, the IRS also issues tje Dirty Dozen scams, which is a list of the most common scams in use at the time.
Here are some of the scams on this year’s list.
These are some of the most common scams, and it is getting more problematic in recent months, according to reports from the IRS. People will call and threaten the taxpayers, telling them that they need to pay them right away. The criminals threaten that if someone does not pay, they will face arrest, deportation, and other issues.
Identity theft is another issue, and criminals seem even more active during tax time. The IRS is committed to finding criminals that choose to file fraudulent claims using Social Security numbers that are stolen. Dealing with ID theft is no fun, and you should take as many precautions as possible.
Fake emails and fake websites are another problem right now. The IRS is seeing a number of these sites and emails that are simply looking to steal information. They say that they will not email about a refund or bill without contacting your through different channels. It’s important to ignore and delete supposed emails from the IRS that you aren’t expecting.
The Preparer Scams
Most tax professionals are able to offer high quality and legitimate service. However, some of the preparers out there are dishonest, and they are committing many different types of crimes. Some are committing refund fraud, stealing identities, and more. It is important to be careful when choosing a preparer.
Some of these preparers will tell people that they are guaranteed a large refund, or that they can provide them with a large refund. Beware of anyone who makes any promise before looking at your records, and if someone does, simply avoid them.
Something else that taxpayers need to watch out for is fake charities. These organizations claim to be legitimate charitable organizations. However, that’s not always the case. Before donating to any charity, it is a good idea to do some research. Never give to someone on the street, in front of a store, or even someone who comes to your home to solicit money. Instead, if you want to give, seek out the organization and do your research first.
The Fraudulent Taxpayer
The IRS gets conned by the taxpayer. Taxpayers always need to be honest about their finances and their credits, charities, and more. The IRS is adamant about investigating people who are trying to game the system, and you will not get away with defrauding them for long. They will find you, and then you will have to pay the price.
What to do if you are a target
If someone emails or calls you and claims you own money to the IRS, keep calm, and do not pay anyone without getting all of the facts.
If you feel you are a target, make a call to the IRS at (800) 829-1040 for clarification.
You can also report the incident to the Treasure Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling (800) 366-4484.
In addition, it is a good idea to contact the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338.
Once you do this, it keeps you in the clear and ensures that they will follow up and try to find the criminals.