tax scamReceiving contact from the IRS can be enough to make your heart drop but being contacted from someone claiming to be from the IRS and falling into a tax scam can sometimes be even worse. The sad thing is that tax scams can happen any time of the year and not just around the tax season. It’s important to stay alert to scams that claim they are from the IRS when they contact you. There are a ton of different types of tax scams out there and Gurian CPA has provided you with a list of the top tax scams that are a threat today to ensure that you’re prepared.  Knowing the different types of tax scams and understanding exactly how the IRS will contact you will help ensure that you don’t fall victim to the tax scam epidemic.

 

The tax scams are so prevalent that tax payers are receiving them in many different forms like phone calls, text messages, phishing emails, social media and fake websites that look almost identical to the IRS website. Since technology is drastically improving, so are the techniques of the tax scammers. They are continuously coming up with new variations on phishing schemes, which makes it even more important for tax payers to be aware of who they’re interacting with and what they’re demanding of you. Tax scammers will do their research before they contact you to try and make it seem even more believable. They will demand credit card payments, wire transfers, money orders, and even gift cards in order to make a payment for what they are claiming are past due taxes. No matter the scam you receive, the end goal for the con artists is the same: to steal your personal information and money. Identity theft has gotten so bad, that you can almost count on one of these scams happening to you or someone that you know. If you receive one of these tax scams, it’s important that you do the following:

 

 

It’s important to understand how the IRS will contact you if they need to. The IRS will never contact you via phone call, text message or email. The first step in the IRS contacting you is by a certified letter. After you’ve received a certified letter from the IRS, you may receive a phone call from them to resolve delinquencies or set up an appointment, which shouldn’t be confused with one of the tax scams.

 

Tax scams usually target tax payers, although there are a handful of cases were tax preparers have been a target to these tax scams as well. As a tax preparer there are certain steps that you should take in order to avoid being a victim of a tax scam.

 

 

In the instance that you have fallen victim to one of the many tax scams and have experienced any monetary loss due to the scam, you can report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complain Assistant so that an available investigator can handle the issue.

 

By: Paige Knight