Beware IRS Tax Filing Scams

On March 8th, 2012, posted in: Accounting, Security by 0 Comment

The IRS has released its annual ranking of tax scams that are perpetrated on an unsuspecting public. The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of the scams that abound and they range from identity theft to tax return preparation fraud. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman warns, “Scam artists will tempt people in-person, on-line and by e-mail with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams.”

Don’t let yourself, or your credit, be impacted by any of these tax season scams:

  • Identity theft
  • Phishing
  • Return preparer fraud
  • Hiding income offshore
  • “Free money” scams
  • False/inflated income and expenses
  • False form 1099 refund claims
  • Frivolous arguments
  • Falsely claiming zero wages
  • Abuse of charitable organizations and deductions
  • Disguised corporate ownership
  • Misuse of trusts

Click here for further information from the IRS on the above scams. One of the best ways to protect yourself from tax-filing scams and to keep your books in tip-top shape all year long is to work with a trusted virtual accounting firm – like ours!

 

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