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IRS Warns of Top 3 Tax Scams for 2016

The IRS anticipates tax scams to be worse than ever this year, despite enacting new anti-fraud measures. Below are the top three tax scams to watch out for in 2016.

Fraudulent Filing

A common tax scam is where scammers use taxpayers’ social security numbers to file and claim their refunds. One Ohio resident who fell victim to the scam last year said it took her four months to prove to the IRS that she had fallen victim to a tax scam and receive her refund.  To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, make sure and file early before scammers can access your information.

IRS Phishing Email

Scammers are sending out phony emails claiming to have information regarding tax refunds. The email says, “Click here for the latest on your refund,” or something similar. But it’s a phishing scam designed to get you to enter your social security number.  Just clicking on the link can invite malware onto your computer. The IRS will never contact you via email requesting you download files or click on links.

IRS Phone Scam

The most common tax scam in recent years is the scam where taxpayers receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS or the Treasury Department who tells you that you are behind on your tax bill. The scammers threaten to arrest or deport you unless you pay immediately.  Hang up if you receive a call like this.  The IRS would never make these type threats.

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