How to Avoid Tax Scams

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Avoiding Tax Scams

With tax season coming to an end, many consumers are now trying to pull themselves out of some of the worst tax scams they have ever experienced. Some are finding out first hand what it feels like being scammed during tax season while for others it is a constant reminder that you have to make sure you are careful during tax season.

According to a report issued by the IRS, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars due to ax scams and fake IRS communications in recent years. Below are popular scams and how you can avoid them:

You Are Under Arrest

One of the most popular IRS scams to date, is when individuals pose as officials from the IRS to notify you that you are under arrest for not paying your taxes. Please note that the IRS will never call you to tell you that you will be arrested so don’t ever feel pressured to give away personal information over the phone. Once you hang up call 911.

We Need Your Social Security Number

Another popular IRS scam is having people pose as IRS officials to ask of your social security number. Once again, the IRS will never call you over the pone and ask you to disclose personal information such as your social security number especially not over the phone.

Downloading Unknown Software

Receiving an email to download unknown software is by far one of the oldest tricks in the book. Don’t ever download any software from unknown users because it may be an attempt from an online thief to steal your information.

The best and easiest way to avoid unknown IRS scammers is to know that the IRS will only contact you via mail and in rare cases via phone. If you are ever in doubt if a communication is coming directly from the IRS, call your local IRS and ask. While it may make you feel crazy for asking if they’ve called it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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