Don’t fall victim to scams this tax season

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Though tax scams can occur throughout the year, they are especially prevalent during tax season. Being vigilant and keeping a few important facts in mind, could help prevent you from falling victim to a tax scam.

Some common tax scams include:

  • Identity thieves who use your identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund.
  • Callers who claim they’re from the IRS insisting that you owe money to the IRS or that you’re entitled to a large refund.
  • Unsolicited emails or fake websites, often referred to as “phishing,” that pose as legitimate IRS sites to convince you to disclose personal or financial information.
  • Scam artists who pose as tax preparers and promise unreasonably large or inflated refunds in order to commit refund fraud or identity theft.


Keep in mind

  • The IRS will never call you about taxes owed without sending you a bill in the mail. If you think you owe taxes, contact the IRS directly at irs.gov.
  • The IRS will never initiate contact with your by email or request personal or financial information over the phone or via email.
  • If you believe you’ve been the victim of a tax scam, or would like to report a tax scammer, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at treasury.gov/tigla
Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2016.

 

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