IRS Dirty Dozen of 2015

IRS Dirty DozenThe IRS has released its 2015 Dirty Dozen list of the most popular tax fraud and scams methods currently used by the tax criminals. According to this list, which is available on the IRS website, aggressive phone calls from so-called IRS collection agents continue to be a problem across the nation. The IRS receives reports from American taxpayers stating that tax scammers threatened them with deportation, police arrest, and license revocation. It is important to remember that the IRS officials never request a full payment of the past due taxes over the phone. If you owe taxes to the IRS, you will be notified about this liability via mail that will have valid contact information for the IRS office that is currently assigned to your case. Continue reading

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FBI Investigating Tax Returns Fraud

FBI Tax FraudYahoo Finance has reported on the ongoing investigation initiated by the FBI after US States Departments of Revenue reported criminal activity that affected a lot of taxpayers. Many people in various states were not able to file their 2014 income tax returns through Turbo Tax, the well-known Intuit Inc. software, because these returns were already filed by tax scammers in an attempt to get fraudulent tax refunds. Continue reading

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He Can’t Be Caught

Tax ScammerAnother incredible example of a contact with tax scammers was posted on LimaOhio.com., a news channel of Lima, Ohio. The Sheriff’s Office of the Mercer County warned people in its community about an ongoing phone tax scam; the same type of scam that seems to be sweeping the country at the moment. Police received a number of complaints from local residents about tax crime attempts made by someone over the phone. There was nothing new in that scheme – the caller pretended to be from the IRS and threatened to sue just any person who answered the phone. One of the residents was able to provide police with the phone number of the scammer, and police Detective Doug Timmerman returned that call. Continue reading

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Americans Fight Back Against Tax Scammers

Record Phone Tax ScamMore and more American taxpayers have become aware of tax scams and various methods that criminals use to steal money from people. The IRS itself, together with many tax resolution companies, put a lot of effort into increasing public understanding of the legal approach to tax collection, which helps them to recognize tax scammers. Continue reading

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Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on Tax Scams

TIGTA Tax ScamsWhen we hear about tax scammers that steal money from people by making telephone calls, we can’t imagine that this can ever happen to us. However, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, nearly 3,000 American taxpayers paid over $14 million in total to the phone scammers. Although tax criminals operate year-round, they find tax filing seasons particularly rewarding. Therefore, this is that time of the year when we all have to be especially careful. Continue reading

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Washington State is the Latest to be Targeted

Seattle Washington StateSWashington State Department of Revenue is warning all state taxpayers about deceptive emails that have been sent to various businesses and a number of individuals by tax scammers. These emails inform taxpayers that the State Department of Revenue (DOR) filed tax liens against their properties with the Court or Secretary of the State. They also include contact information for the so-called State DOR office, which includes an email and a fax number. However, both pieces of information are invalid. Continue reading

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Tax Scam Season Starts Now

Tax Scam SeasonThe year is almost over, which means many of us will start preparing 2014 Income tax returns within a few weeks. This will also be a very busy time for the tax scammers, who usually try to file fraudulent returns on behalf of others before taxpayers submit their real documents. This is one of the reasons why it is important not to wait until April 15, but take care of your taxes as soon as possible. Continue reading

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