Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don’t Get Scammed

It’s tax time. It is also peak time for tax fraud. Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posts a list of current reported tax scams. Tax fraud through the use of identity theft tops this year’s list of scams. Through email phishing, the thief acquires your taxpayer’s identity so to fraudulently file a tax return and claim the refund.  The IRS has a special section dedicated to identity theft issues, including YouTube videos, tips for taxpayers and an assistance guide.

On IRS.gov, you can confirm your tax return status. If you have not already filed, there should be no record of the return. If you find that not to be the case, send an Identify Theft Affidavit to the IRS immediately.

If you believe you are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 so they can take action to secure your tax account.

Remember: The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers by email or text messages to request personal or financial information.  

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