Tax scams increase every year during tax season. So this year is no exception. The IRS has already detected a spike in the number of complaints of tax scams. If you want to make sure you do NOT fall prey to tax scams, do NOT under any circumstances give away your personal information like Social Security number, full name and address or other personal details to anyone who calls over the phone or emails you purportedly from the IRS. The IRS never contacts people through the phone or email without prior information.
IRS Identity Theft
Every year, the IRS publishes its list of 12 popular tax scams to enlighten the public about the latest ways scammers try to dupe innocent taxpayers. You might well lose not only money but your reputation as well if you fall prey to a tax scam. In the final analysis, you are responsible for what goes into your tax returns even though it was prepared by someone else. So make sure you hire a qualified tax agent or lawyer to help you submit your tax returns. Here are this year’s “Dirty Dozen”.