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Common tax scams people should avoid this season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently identified at least five tactics of scammers that taxpayers should be aware of this tax season, trying to prevent similar amounts of lost money from earlier years after estimating that billions of dollars in 2014 fell right into the hands of scammers, an article of CNBC reported on January 3.

Below are the most common schemes used by scammers to trick unsuspecting taxpayers:

  • Fraudulent automated messages that request people to make tax payments
  • Obliging parents and students to settle non-existent tax called “federal student tax”
  • Fake IRS agents who “verify” taxpayers’ return information through the phone
  • Fake tax preparers in the internet
  • Scammers sending fake Affordable Care Act notices

Reports revealed that incidents of tax fraud have increased since 2010, at which time the IRS budget had been reduced. Taxpayers who suspect that they have been victimized by scammers should notify federal agencies through their official website or call them to report their concerns.

If you want to know more information on how to avoid falling victim to tax scammers, a skilled attorney could offer you other invaluable tips to make sure your hard earned money does not fall into the hands of scammers. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to learn more about your options.