Category: Tax Scams

Tax scams are nothing new. Learn how scam artists run these cons.

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2022 Top 10 Tax Scams to Watch Out For!

Scams have probably been around almost as long as taxes have. So it’s safe to say unsavory people have been employing tax scams for a while now. And as the years have gone by, the tax scams have changed, although the overall objective remains the same: steal money. Here are some of the more popular or dangerous tax scams to be aware of during the 2022 tax season.

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2021 Tax Scams to Watch Out For

Tax scams are nothing new. They’ve been around for a while and will continue for the foreseeable future. The only thing that will change is how scam artists run these cons.

In 2021, the IRS saw some new scams, many of which have some relation to the coronavirus. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at a few of these scams, including how they work and how to identify them.

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Coronavirus Tax Scams

As you already know, Congress recently passed the largest emergency financial stimulus package in the history of the United States. Officially called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), this law provides, among other things, cash payments to Americans. The IRS will administer this process, which creates the potential for various tax scams.

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How Do You Know if the IRS Is Calling?

With your tax refund check excepted, no news is good news when it comes to the IRS. This means that for the most part, any communication received from the IRS is probably not a good sign. In fact, anytime you hear from the IRS, your heart will probably sink. That’s because you probably fear it’s the start of an audit, a request for back taxes or some sort of notice of an action against you.

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Tax Scam Trends

Those who have read Lewis Carroll’s, Through the Looking Glass, may recall the Red Queen. This character explains to Alice that she must run as fast as she can merely to stay in one place. This is the origin of the Red Queen Hypothesis, which theorizes that living things adapt and evolve, not to gain an evolutionary advantage, but to survive. In other words, evolution doesn’t improve a species’ chances of survival, but prevents it from going extinct. Continue reading “Tax Scam Trends”

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Phishing Tax Scams to Watch

Wherever there’s money, there’s the potential for a scam. And there’s a lot of money in the federal tax collection process. Seeing the opportunity to make a dishonest buck, scammers use a multitude of schemes to trick innocent taxpayers into giving personal information. The scammers then use this information to steal money from the taxpayer or use the taxpayer’s identity to commit financial crimes. Don’t be a victim of phishing tax scams. Continue reading “Phishing Tax Scams to Watch”

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Telephone Tax Scams

As long as there are telephones, there will be people trying to use them to steal money from others. And given the power and fear the IRS strikes into many Americans, it’s no wonder the many telephone scammers decide to use the IRS as the basis for their scams. The following is an explanation of some of these more common IRS telephone scams and what can be done to help you or others from falling victim to them. Continue reading “Telephone Tax Scams”

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Identity Theft & Your Tax Information

The information required to prepare and file taxes is substantial. On an individual return, a full name, social security number, address and phone number are typically required. Then there are supporting documents that are either included with the return or are used to prepare the return. These include W-2 Forms, 1099 Forms and any other relevant documents, such as donation receipts. Continue reading “Identity Theft & Your Tax Information”