IRS Says: Here are the Top Tax Scams for 2014
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A “HOW TO DO IT” COURSE
Each year the Internal Revenue Service issues its “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, urging taxpayers to be cautious, particularly during tax season. We share them with you here, with the hope that by being informed you may protect yourself.
- IDENTITY THEFT This occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your name, Social Security Number or other information, without your permission. This can occur in many ways, but the IRS naturally is most interested when someone uses your “digits” to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. If you believe you are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information the IRS asks that you contact them at the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 so they can secure your tax account.
- PERVASIVE TELEPHONE SCAMS In this scam, callers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities from victims. The IRS reports learning of many variations ranging from instances such as the caller says the victim owes money or is entitled to a huge refund. The victims are sometimes threatened with arrest or driver’s license revocation, and are sometimes paired with follow-up calls from people saying they are from the local police or the state motor vehicle department.