Avoiding and Understanding Tax Scams

Avoiding and Understanding Tax Scams

Have you recently received a notice from the IRS saying that they have attempted to contact you in San Diego, CA and have been unsuccessful? Perhaps they are telling you that you owe a tax liability even though you know you have never owed before. 

You called the number on the notice you received, and the agent you are speaking to informs you that if you don't immediately pay, you will face the consequences. 

Afraid that they will garnish your wages or take other legal action in San Diego, you provide your information and pay the agent over the phone. You then check your bank account shortly after to find that it has been wiped clean. You were the victim of a popular tax scam. 

IRS Scams

Millions of Americans have fallen victim to this same scam. They receive communication from imposters and then use scare tactics to get your banking information over the phone. They will not only call your phone; they will send threatening emails and even send fake letters. 

Scammers will do whatever they can to get you scared enough to call the number and forfeit your payment information. 

One of the more popular things they tell you is that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will mirror their number to make it appear as if it is a legitimate IRS phone number calling you in San Diego, CA and will send phishing emails. 

The emails are designed to get the victim to click on the links, and by doing so, they upload a virus that steals their sensitive information. It also grants them access to your passwords, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.

Protecting Yourself from Scammers

To protect yourself from scammers, you should first understand that the IRS will never ask you for your bank account information or credit card information over the phone. They will also never demand that you pay any balance immediately without sending you the proper letter in the mail. 

The IRS will never require payment via a gift card or prepaid card. The real IRS also gives you the opportunity to prove that your tax return was accurate. They will not call you and threaten you with an arrest or legal ramifications for not paying your tax liability to them immediately over the phone.

To avoid becoming a victim, it is important always to verify the source of any notices you receive − including phone calls, emails, and letters. You also need to be cautious of your particular tax situation. Contact the IRS directly to discuss your situation or any money you know that you owe.  

Benefits of a Tax Advisor

If you are unsure about your taxes or want helpful advice and some direction when it comes to your tax returns, then a tax advisor can greatly benefit you. They help you create a cohesive tax strategy to help organize your finances and minimize your tax liability. They also help to reduce the stress we all feel come tax time.

Additionally, if you receive a notice from the IRS, they can help navigate you on what needs to be done and can help ensure that you have received a legitimate notice and prove if you owe a tax liability or not. So, before believing those phone calls, letters, or emails, it is best to consult with your tax advisor and avoid becoming a statistic in the next IRS tax scam.

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