"SCAMS," Don't Be Taken By Surprise
Over the years there have been many types of scams that continue to this day; here are some of the IRSs DIRTY DOZEN (North Dallas Gazette 2014).
This is when an individual(s) acquire your personal information and pretends to be you, using your Social Security (SSN) and other identifying articles with the express purpose of defrauding you out of your money; to obtain your tax refund for 2014. If you feel that you have been a victim of identity theft, you can contact the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490; another form of scams is called the Pervasive Telephone Scam.
Pervasive Telephone Scams
This scam consists of an individual calling the unsuspecting taxpayer with a threat insisting that they owe the IRS money or they are entitled to a large refund. The IRS states that some calls that are placed by the bogus (fake) IRS representative; they will threaten the taxpayer with arrest or driving license revocation (NDG 2014). The IRS recommends the following things to look for:
If any of these things occur and you owe taxes or believe you do the IRS would like for you to call: 800-829-1040. If you know for a fact that you owe no taxes and if any of the above things happen to you; call the Treasury Inspectors General for Tax Administration at: 800-366-4484 and also the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov; and the IRS would like for you to add on the complaint the words, "IRS Telephone Scam," on their complaint sheet. There will be many individuals filing for their 2014 taxes; with this there will also be Tax Preparers.
Return Prepare Fraud
The IRS, 2014; would like for you to use a preparer who signs returns that they prepare with their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTINs). Individuals that have large sums of money will hide their income offshore; and another form of fraud that the IRS has stated is that of the, "Impersonation of a Charitable Organizations."
Impersonation of Charitable Organizations
This is a scam that has been on the rise; this is where bogus websites as stated by the IRS 2014; will solicit money or financial information from the unsuspecting individual(s). Don't give out any information such as your SSN, bank account number, credit card number or password. The last five scams can be located at the following link:
IRS Spotlights Tax Scams 2014, DIRTY DOZEN, North Dallas Gazette
http://northdallasgazette.com/2014/02/19/irs-spotlights-tax-scams-2014-dirty-dozen/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feedburner%2Fndg+%28ndg%29 (Retrieved on February 20, 2014)