The IRS often warns consumers about tax scams this time of year. While it’s important to be vigilant as you work with your tax preparer or do your own yearly tax filing, watch out for many of these scams that happen year round. If you come across any of these, consider it a red flag:
A claim the tax system is unconstitutional
The tax system is constitutional. And yes, you do have to pay taxes.
If your tax preparer won’t sign your tax return, they are likely not authorized to prepare taxes. Make sure your preparer has an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number.
Beware of the preparer who promises large refunds if you split it with them. This often results in falsified deductions, which is tax fraud.
If you receive a notice from the IRS that more than one return has been filed using your Social Security number, your identity may have been fraudulently used. Contact the IRS immediately.
Don’t give out personal information if someone calls claiming to be from the IRS. This is often a scam to steal your identity.
The IRS will never contact you via email, text, or social media. Do not give out personal information in response to communications that come in such a manner.
There’s no such thing as free money from the IRS or Social Security. These claims usually target the elderly.
Again, be vigilant about doing your homework on your tax preparer and on the tax laws. Every year, new fraudulent methods to scam and steal from consumers and the IRS come to light. Don’t be a victim because you failed to do the necessary research to protect yourself.