Before the 2022 tax-filing deadline, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a warning to Floridians regarding fraud.
April 18 is the deadline for filing taxes for the year 2021. Millions of Americans, according to the Internal Revenue Service, wait until the last two weeks before the deadline to file their taxes.
Scammers are more likely to file a return in someone else’s name if they file last-minute. Other, less prevalent tax methods try to take advantage of federal filing requirements as well.
Moody provided advice to help taxpayers recognise and avoid tax scams to save extra suffering.
“The federal tax-filing deadline is approaching in less than a month, and millions of Americans have yet to submit their returns.”
While there is still time, submitting early lowers the chances of a tax return being stolen by a scammer. “Check out the advice in our newest Consumer Alert for more information on how to prevent common tax-filing scams,” she said.
Here are a few examples of popular tax frauds:
When a scammer steals a target’s personal information to file a tax return claiming a fake refund, this is referred to as tax-related identity theft.
Scammers create fake tax bills and distribute them to their victims, encouraging them to pay the fee with gift cards.
Scammers send phishing emails to targets that appear to be a tax-refund payment or a recalculation of a tax return, with a link to enter personal information to claim the refund.
The IRS received a record number of notifications concerning stimulus-payment frauds in June and July of 2021.
Scammers pose as the Internal Revenue Service and persuade victims that they are eligible for a stimulus payment, stating that personal information is required to send the payment.
Scammers may impersonate Taxpayer Advocate Services, an independent IRS group, and spoof caller ID to fool victims into thinking they’re receiving a legitimate call from TAS. Scammers will phish for personal information once the phone is answered or returned.
Scammers constantly adapt and upgrade their tactics, making tax scams complicated. The following are some suggestions for avoiding tax evasion schemes.
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Look for a tax preparer who is available all year long when looking for a new one.
Inquire about a potential tax preparer’s IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number, which is a valid number issued by the IRS.
One will be provided by the preparers.
Ensure that refunds go to the taxpayer rather than a tax preparer.
A letter from the IRS regarding an unfiled tax return is a hoax;
Recognize that IRS letters regarding online accounts being created, accessed, or disabled when no action has been performed are frequently frauds; and
Any salary or other revenue from an unexpected job should be scrutinised since it could be a symptom of identity theft.