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IRS Officers Warn about Five Common Tax Scams to Avoid

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

IRS officers are approached with new tax scams every few months, which is why the Internal Revenue Service sends out multiple public alerts on tax scams that can get a person into deep waters with IRS officers. This year, IRS officers have five scams that they put on their high priority list, which means you should do the same.

Hiding Money Offshore

News laws now allow IRS officers to tax and find income from offshore accounts. Therefore, if you have money overseas, make sure you report that money as well as any interest income to IRS officers immediately. Never hide money offshore, especially to avoid taxes. If IRS officers catch you can face severe financial penalties and even jail time.

Phishing

Unfortunately, the number one scam IRS officers see each year has to do with phishing. Phishing is a type of identity and tax fraud scam where individuals will contact tax payers pretending they are IRS officers. They will ask to verify information for a tax issue, such as social security numbers, addresses or even spouse information and use that information to steal a person’s identity.

Return Preparer Fraud Scams

Though most tax preparers are ones you can trust, IRS officers warn about using unlicensed or individuals who freelance as tax preparers. These individuals can be scam artists looking to get your personal information in order to steal your identity.

False Filing

There are a lot of tax payers that try to fool IRS officers into giving them a higher refund than they are actually due. This is done by utilizing false forms or filings in order to increase their refund amount, such as claiming more dependents, credits, etc. Remember that even if you attempt this, IRS officers will recognize the false filing eventually and can audit you or even place you in jail if they prove it was on fraudulent premises.

Frivolous Arguments

There are scam artists out there that will tell tax payers they do not have to pay income tax based on frivolous arguments. These individuals will require the tax payer to pay a fee for them to look over their tax return and determine the arguments they have on their behalf. IRS officers state that there is no legal way to get out of taxes other than what is specifically specified in the Internal Revenue Service documents.

If you are a victim of a scam and now you must negotiate with IRS officers to prevent jail time, contact the professionals at Strategic Tax Lawyers. At STL you will have a trained professional by your side that will review your case and ensure your innocence is protected.

Wondering how to deal with a revenue officer?  The experts at Avvo have written a guide for dealing with IRS Revenue Officers.  The IRS.gov site might be a good place to start if you have a specific question.  You can also turn to Google for more help.  The Beverly Hills Bar Association can also help.