Tips to help taxpayers recognize tax scams

New versions of well-known tax-related scams appear every year…and 2019 is no different. No matter what time of year, taxpayers should be on the lookout for scams. Here are some things taxpayers should remember to help them spot scams and avoid becoming a victim. Phone scams The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening…

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Protecting Personal Data

According to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 10% of people 16 or older experience at least one type of identity theft. That’s why it’s important for us all to protect our private data whenever possible. Here are ten easy tips for keeping your personal data secure: Don’t carry your social security…

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Take Care, Don’t Overshare!

When most people imagine an identity thief, they imagine a young, bespectacled hacker, hunched over a computer while typing in computer commands, possibly wearing a black turtleneck. In reality, most private data theft is remarkably low-tech. Private data theft usually happens because the victim shares valuable information with the thief. Very little “hacking” is actually…

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Tax Season means more IRS Scams

As we inch closer towards April 15th, the number of phone calls pretending to be IRS will become more frequent. These scams take advantage of the public’s fear of IRS, making it sound like the victim will go to prison if they don’t agree to pay up. Even worse, these scams are getting more sophisticated…

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Is it really the IRS calling on your business?

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee. The IRS initiates most contacts through…

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Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

Scammers and cyberthieves continue to use the IRS as bait. The most common tax scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo, fake employee names and badge numbers to try to steal money and identities from taxpayers. Taxpayers need to be wary…

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Beware Orlando-Related Scams: IRS

The IRS has issued a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. Scam artists commonly try to take advantage of generosity after such a headline tragedy by impersonating charities to get money or private information from taxpayers, the agency warns. Such fraudulent schemes may involve…

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Federal Student Tax Scam Alert

One of the newest tax scams making the rounds is directed at college and university students and involves what’s called a “federal student tax.” The Setup Here is how it works. A call is made directly to a student. The caller has some piece of information that links the student to the call, something like…

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Fighting Tax-Related ID Theft

When is a Web site not a Web site? – When it’s a “spoofed” site -– one that’s designed to mimic an official site, so that victims can be lured into divulging private information through it. Often scammers send an e-mail asking users to verify personal information, with a convenient link to the spoofed site….

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Tax Scams To Look Out For in 2016

It’s the beginning of tax season, and with it comes veritable stress, including scams. Con artists work diligently to gather personal information that can lead to your hard-earned money being stolen. Over the years, the IRS has become privy to this and crafted advice to deal with each. Here’s a look at a few common…

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