Al sent me this article on Tax Time Scams. Couldn't be more timely after the recent article about inmates filing bogus tax returns that the IRS just caught up with. Tax scams are a reality.
Protect yourself!!! Don't use a "fly by night" pop-up tax season
tax preparer. The fee may be great until you loose your identity or see the results of the scam.
Whether your situation is you need free tax prep or can afford to pay for it, there are viable options like AARP, accountants, or known national and local tax prep operations.
Be safe out there
|CONSUMER WATCH TAX-TIME SCAMS ARE IN FULL SWING|
Topic Summary: This time of year brings out many tax--scam artists who prey on low-income consumers and unknowing seniors. Here are few tips that can hopefully keep you aware of the scams.
Like most scams, sometimes the caller says your bank account information is needed to send you a direct deposit for the expected tax refund. Instead of sending you a cash refund, they will drain your account.Another version: An e-mail states you have a tax refund owed to you and they'll deposit it directly to your Visa or MasterCard. All you have to do is fill out an attached form. Don't do that either.
Common Sense: Why would a website, e-mailer or phone caller whom you never heard of, want to help you!