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IRS Fights Identity Theft and Fraud

March 14th

Tax season isn’t only stressful for the taxpayer or those who may have unpaid taxes. The IRS is also working over time during the first quarter of every year trying to better protect consumers. Tax time is prime time for scam artists looking to commit refund fraud and identity theft, two areas of major concern for the IRS.

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Since the beginning of this year, the IRS has been involved in a massive investigation of fraudulent tax services and scams across 23 states. So far the IRS has been successful in catching and prosecuting criminals, leading to 939 criminal charges. What does this mean for the taxpayer?

While the IRS is taking an active role, taxpayers should still be cautious when filing their taxes.Identity theft is rampant and anyone using third party tax preparation companies should take caution to ensure the company is legitimate and licensed. Taxpayers are warned against using any company that requires bank information or direct access to such funds as a method of dispersing tax refund checks.Further, run of the mill check cashing places should be avoided when accessing tax refund funds. Always take the check to a FDIC insured bank to have the check cashed. The IRS also wants consumers to know they never solicit personal or bank information over the phone or by email, and any such actions should be reported immediately.



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