Tax scams are on the rise and people impersonating IRS agents may call and ask for your credit card number or bank account information. BE AWARE. You can also fall victim to a tax scam without ever knowing it.
The following signs could indicate that you’ve been the victim of tax-related identity theft:
- If your tax return is rejected when you file it, this could indicate that someone has already filed a fraudulent return using your Social Security number to claim a refund.
- If you receive a letter from the IRS asking whether you submitted a tax return containing your name and Social Security number, this could indicate that someone else has attempted to file using your information.
- If you receive a W-2 or 1099 from an employer for whom you have not worked, someone may be using your information.
- If you receive a tax refund for which you did not file, DO NOT CASH IT! This most likely indicates fraud… the IRS does not give away money!
- If you receive a tax transcript by mail that you did not request, this is a good indication of fraud. A tax transcript is a document showing most of the line items from your originally filed tax return.
The bottom line is that anyone can become a victim of a tax-scam. Modern technology has provided us many conveniences, but has also provided criminals with countless ways to steal your personal information. So be aware and don’t become prey! Do not give out personal information over the phone or through email. Do not download information-stealing malware onto your computer. If you are at all suspicious, contact the IRS directly by using the information on the official IRS website, IRS.gov.