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New Tax Scam Tricks

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Tax scams happen all year long, not just during tax season.  We are professional business tax attorneys, IRS levy attorneys, and audit tax attorneys with years of experience in tax-related and IRS issues.  We are passing along the information from the IRS to advise you to be aware of the new scams that cyber criminals are initiating. The criminals make attempts to scam you out of your money and/or personal information. These criminals try to scam the elderly, immigrants and individuals who speak English as a second language. Scam artists will do anything to swindle anyone out of money.  The IRS takes this very seriously.

Below are some tips to avoid being a victim of these tax scams.
Tax scams have become very sophisticated and hard-hitting in an attempt to instill fear so victims will comply with the scam.  This usually involves a false payment that goes directly into the hands of the con artist.  Con artists use phone scams to threaten and intimidate innocent people so they will get money in any way they can. Very often, the con artists threaten the elderly and immigrants with deportation, arrest or the revocation of their driver’s license if they refuse to pay. 

In addition, you may be harassed with phone calls, callback requests, and automated calls that repeat the same information. In certain instances you may receive an email with a fake IRS notification that asks you to reply to a fake phone number or an email address masked to look like an official IRS contact.  This is done by manipulating the caller ID as to make it look like the IRS is trying to reach you. 

The con artists continue by changing their names, using fake IRS job titles and forged badge numbers in order to appear legitimate.  Attempts are made to retrieve your personal information, such as your full name, home address, as well as other various information to sound official.
There are also tax scams that use email and mail in which what looks like official IRS letterhead is forged to imitate IRS correspondence.  The innocent victims are sent the letter or email and are expected to send money to an actual IRS address that the con artists sets up in order to make the scheme look official.

These types of scams are costly and end up costing victims more than $20 million. Since October 2013, approximately 600,000 scams occurred with 4,000 innocent victims reporting that they had financial losses of over $20 million.
We are here to remind you that the IRS will never phone you request immediate payment for delinquent taxes. In fact, the IRS will first send a bill in the mail.

By chance, if you believe that you owe taxes to the IRS, then call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to determine if you have any payments that are delinquent.

We are the Strategic Tax Lawyers, LLP and we can assist you with your tax problems.  We are professional business tax attorneys, IRS levy attorneys, and audit tax attorneys with years of experience in tax-related and IRS issues.  Call the Strategic Tax Lawyers at (800) 669-4775 for a free consultation to assist you with your tax-related matters.