Category: Tax Scams

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

IRS Gets Billions for Audit Enforcement

IRS Gets Billions for Audit Enforcement. Here’s What That Means for You

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a much-detested part of the federal government. Yet its existence is necessary for the continued operation of the United States. Despite the IRS’ importance, it has recently suffered a steady reduction in workers and funding to carry out its tasks.

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Tax Scams to Watch Out For This Season

If there’s anything more inevitable in life than death and taxes, it’s scams. Tax scams are nothing new, but scammers are always coming up with different strategies to take advantage of taxpayers. No matter what time of the year it is, taxpayers need to stay vigilant to avoid falling prey to tax scams. Below are some tax scams that you may not have heard of, but could affect you.

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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”