Watch Out For IRS Tax Scams

There have been reported incidents of swindlers using an IRS pitch as a 2016 IRS Tax scam. One such incident happened to Brett. He panicked after hearing a phone message that the IRS was about to investigate him. Brett is a 43 year old contractor from the County of Morrow. He wondered whether he had missed anything in regards to his Free Turbo Tax 2015 application. So he decided to make a call back and then his worry turned to anger. There are lots of scammers out there especially as the Taxes 2016 period gets near.

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At this time of the year, thieves and con artists fine tune their tricks and up their game in order to swindle individuals, often threatening them with jail terms and deportation. The IRS has now issued an alert to the public, warning of the phone scam and other scams people are likely to be exposed to at this time of making their tax returns. Turbo Tax 2015 should help people allay their fears in regards to their 2016 taxes.

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The Ohio State Attorney General has been fielding questions and complaints from local residents, especially those from the counties of Morrow, Fairfield and Franklin. It is expected that con artists will pull scams pretending to be from the government as this helps their scams seem more legitimate.

 

5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

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5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

There are a number of organizations with helpful resources if your identity has been stolen this tax season or you feel that your identity might be misused. And do you know what kinds of emails to expect from the IRS so you know that the communication is legitimate?

1. The IRS has a special office called the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit which can assist you if you feel your identity might be misused due to the loss of personal information. Contact them at 1-800-908-4490.

2. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

There are a number of organizations with helpful resources if your identity has been stolen this tax season or you feel that your identity might be misused. And do you know what kinds of emails to expect from the IRS so you know that the communication is legitimate?

1. The IRS has a special office called the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit which can assist you if you feel your identity might be misused due to the loss of personal information. Contact them at 1-800-908-4490.

2. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. Therefore all email appearing to originate from the IRS are fraudulent unless in response to an inquiring that you began.

3. Visit IRS.gov for reporting scams and for reporting bogus  IRS web sites.

4. The Federal Trade Commission has similar identity theft resources and can be reached at 1-877-ID-THEFT.

5. OnGuardOnline.gov is another resource for online protections from the federal government and the technology industry.