Tips To Protect Taxpayers From Identity Theft.
Aug09

Tips To Protect Taxpayers From Identity Theft.

Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information for financial gain. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses another person’s stolen Social Security number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) to file a tax return to obtain a fraudulent refund. Many people first find out they are victims of identity theft when they submit their tax returns. That’s because the IRS lets them know someone else already...

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Identity Prevention, Protection, Detection And Victim Assistance.
Jun18

Identity Prevention, Protection, Detection And Victim Assistance.

Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. We’re making progress against this crime, as it remains one of our highest priorities. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to file...

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With Hurricane Season Underway, IRS Warns Of Scams Related To Natural Disasters.
Jun14

With Hurricane Season Underway, IRS Warns Of Scams Related To Natural Disasters.

With hurricane season underway, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters. Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30, and taxpayers need to be vigilant of scams that will undoubtedly pop up when and if a hurricane occurs during that time. Fraudulent schemes normally start with unsolicited contact...

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IRS warns of variation of Form W-8BEN scam; crooks impersonate IRS to get banking and other information
May17

IRS warns of variation of Form W-8BEN scam; crooks impersonate IRS to get banking and other information

The Internal Revenue Service today warned of a new twist tied to an old scam aimed at international taxpayers and non-resident aliens. In this scam, criminals use a fake IRS Form W-8BEN to solicit detailed personal identification and bank account information from victims. Here’s how the scam works. Criminals mail or fax a letter indicating that although individuals are exempt from withholding and reporting income tax, they need to...

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IRS Reminds Seniors To Remain Alert To Phone Scams During This Tax Season
Apr12

IRS Reminds Seniors To Remain Alert To Phone Scams During This Tax Season

With the 2018 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is...

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Fake charities Make 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List; Taxpayers Should Be Alert To Scams Involving Disasters, Worthwhile Causes.
Mar10

Fake charities Make 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List; Taxpayers Should Be Alert To Scams Involving Disasters, Worthwhile Causes.

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations, luring people to make donations to groups or causes that don’t actually qualify for a tax deduction. These ‘fake’ charities attempt to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, using a charitable reason and a tax deduction as bait for taxpayers. Fake charities are one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the...

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