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It’s officially tax season, but we all know what comes with it: scams, and lots of them. According to the IRS, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and personal information to tax scams. Scammers use whatever means they can – through regular mail, telephone calls, and email to scam individual tax payers, businesses, and even tax professionals. Here is recent consumer alert information from the IRS regarding the different types of scams that are currently out there:
This type of scam can target senior citizens, recent immigrants, and even hard-of-hearing individuals. The caller claims to be from the IRS and tell the victims that they owe money. They go on to tell them if it isn’t paid promptly, they will be arrested or deported. Even Limited English Proficiency individuals are approached in their native language and threatened with deportation, police arrest and even license revocation.
A few recent scams that target tax professionals specifically include:
According to the IRS site, here a few things to remember that the IRS does NOT do. Anything that goes against these should be considered suspicious activity:
To see more information regarding tax scams and to learn how to protect yourself, please CLICK HERE to visit the IRS site.
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