Tax Season News - For 2014
Tax scams take many different forms, so being aware of recent trends will help you to avoid them. The most common recent scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo and/or a fake website to try to gain access to your account and steal your money. They may also try to steal your identity, so here are several tips from the IRS to help you avoid being a victim of these tax scams:
The IRS will never:
- Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask you for your personal or financial information.
- Demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a notice, detailing the taxes, and related interest and penalty, if relevant.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way – the IRS allows several different payment options, which the taxpayer can select from.
Be wary if you get a phone call from someone who claims to be from the IRS and demands that you pay immediately. Here are some steps you can take to stop these scams, if you know that you don’t owe taxes:
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting"” web page to report the incident.
- Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant ” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.
If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:
- Don’t reply to the message, under any circumstances.
- Don’t give out your personal or financial information, under any circumstances.
- Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
If you are an existing client, please contact us if you’ve been contacted by someone, whether by phone or email, who you suspect was attempting to defraud you, or steal your identity. These are very serious issues, so we want to know what happened, and also know that we are here to help and support you through the process.
Posted Mar. 16, 2015/wittenbergcpa.com