Every year, there are tens of thousands of complaints from taxpayers who used a tax service, or hire a tax preparer they thought was legitimate.
Scammers send out very professional letters to potential targets offering tax services (often with reduced prices). Scammers also send letters with ‘official-looking’ IRS logos and IRS name to unsuspecting victims. The schemes change from year to year but are very sophisticated.
The IRS has seen an increase in local phone scams in almost every state, with callers pretending to be from the IRS. Some callers say the victim owes back taxes or penalties, and some callers say the victim is entitled to a refund. These scammers have threatened arrest and driver’s license revocation. Sometimes another person will call saying they’re from the police department or state motor vehicle department backing up the first caller’s threat.
The scammers are so ‘real’, they have fake IRS badge numbers, and may know the last 4 digits of your social security number. They’ll even call from a toll-free number that shows “IRS” on your caller ID.
Victims pay the “taxes owed” with a credit/debit card, or a wire transfer with the money going directly into the scammer’s account. If the victim is due a real or fake refund, the scammer gets enough information for an even worse scenario – identity theft. They lure in victims and prompt them to provide valuable personal and financial information.
Scammers also ‘Phish’ with unsolicited email or a fake websites that looks like the real IRS websites. One website they’ve created looks like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Taxpayers, unaware they’re paying into a fake EFTPS, think they’ve paid their taxes. Weeks, or months later the taxpayer receives a real letter from the IRS saying they haven’t paid their taxes, only now the IRS is charging additional penalties and fines.
Scammers are going into communities, posing as tax preparers during tax time promising large refunds. They’ll set up storefronts with large flyers plastered on the windows, send out brochures and advertise heavily. They’ll victimize people by promising inflated refunds by insisting the victim can claim credits such as Earned Income Tax credit (EITC) or the American Opportunity Tax Credit.
The IRS will hold you legally responsible for your taxes, and everything that’s on your tax return, even if it were prepared by one of these scammers. It’s so important to choose your tax preparer very carefully and wisely.
Is it any wonder, each year more taxpayers are hiring tax attorneys to prepare their tax returns? Tax attorneys are licensed by the state, have to pass the bar of that state and usually have an advanced law degree of an LL.M (Master of Laws) in tax. Hiring a tax attorney will ensure your tax problems and preparation are handled properly. Additionally, tax attorneys are more knowledgeable in the ever-changing tax laws not only ensuring your return is accurate but often saving you money and receiving a real refund.
Denver tax attorney, Tyler Murray, LL.M. is a premier tax attorney, serving all of Colorado. If you have issues regarding your IRS tax audit- including tax audit defense services, need tax attorney representation for your IRS tax appeal or IRS tax litigation, or have other tax resolution needs, call 303-618-2122 for immediate help. Tyler Murray is a skilled Denver tax audit lawyer and can help resolve your tax audit issues, including repayment plans and tax appeals.
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