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The IRS has warned that identity theft is no longer the domain of small time thieves. Rather, it's increasingly undertaken by multinational criminal enterprises
that obtain personal information online. Here are 5 of the largest cases of identity theft in 2015, including several involving residents of Georgia:
To protect yourself from tax-related identify theft, ask your tax preparer or accountant about the expanded new security strategies implemented by the IRS, states and the tax industry for the 2016 filing season.
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Tax season can be a stressful time. Imagine the added stress of receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent who demands an immediate payment and threatens you with arrest or deportation. The person may request your credit or debit card information or ask that you use a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They also may refuse to answer your questions or allow you to appeal the amount supposedly due. Countless people are so intimidated or know so little about how the IRS actually operates that they comply with the demand.
In a less stressful scenario, you may receive a call or email from "the IRS" saying that they have your tax return but need some missing information – your bank account or social security number, for example – before they can process it. It could seem legitimate because they’re in possession of some of your personal information or show up as the IRS or a similar official name on your caller ID.
5 SIGNS THAT PROVE THE REQUEST IS PHONY
There are several ways to check the legitimacy of a call or email from the IRS. Here are five:
Additionally, as citizens of a free and democratic country, American taxpayers are protected from intimidation by the IRS through a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
5 ACTIONS TO TAKE IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEING SCAMMED
You need to protect yourself and others from these con artists who have forced more than 5,000 victims to hand over $28,500,000 in just three years.
Here’s what immediate action you can take:
You can also simply call your tax preparer or accountant for swift assistance and assurance. We have extensive experience in dealing with the IRS as well as the most up to date knowledge of current scams.
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