Avoiding Tax Scams
With tax season here, it’s important to avoid tax scams. Here are a few tips to make sure that your hard-earned money doesn’t end up in the wrong pocket.
By filing early, you can avoid someone beating you to your refund. The IRS accepts only one refund per Social Security number. If a thief has access to your Social Security number and files a bogus tax return, you could be out your tax refund. While the IRS is taking steps to prevent fraudulent returns, its never hurts to be safe rather than sorry. Sadly, most people don’t realize that they are victims of tax fraud until the IRS fails to accept their tax return. Be on the forefront of identity theft by checking your credit report frequently for suspicious activity.
DON’T FALL FOR PHONY PHONE SCAMS
If an “IRS agent” calls your house, beware. They may use a number of tactics, such as demanding payment, asking for a credit card number over the phone, or even threatening to have you arrested. Instead of conversing with a so-called IRS agent, hang up and call the IRS directly and report the scam. People have fallen for phone scams in recent years at a hefty price tag of over $23 million.
BE WARY OF PHISHING SCAMS
Have you ever received an email, text message, or a message on social media from the IRS requesting personal information? Or saying that you have an outstanding refund? Don’t take the bait. Hit DELETE instead. Phishing emails are engineered to retrieve sensitive, personal information from unsuspecting people. Beware of the request to “update your IRS e-file immediately” and look-alike IRS websites.
Avoid scams when April 15 rolls around. Protect your hard-earned tax refund. After all, you deserve it!
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