As the tax season approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for a number of tax scams related to refund fraud an identity theft. Please remember, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, like a gift card or wire transfer. They will also never threaten to bring in local police to have you arrested for not paying.
Below are some of the most recent scams. You can find more information in the IRS website.
Requesting fake tax payments:
The IRS has seen automated calls where scammers leave urgent callback requests telling taxpayers to call back to settle their “tax bill.” These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken. Taxpayers may also receive live calls from IRS impersonators. They may demand payments on prepaid debit cards, iTunes and other gift cards or wire transfer. The IRS reminds taxpayers that any request to settle a tax bill using any of these payment methods is a clear indication of a scam.
Targeting students and parents and demanding payment for a fake “Federal Student Tax”:
Telephone scammers are targeting students and parents demanding payments for fictitious taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. (IR-2016-107)
Sending a fraudulent IRS bill for tax year 2015 related to the Affordable Care Act:
The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email or letter that includes the fake CP2000. The fraudulent notice includes a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to the “Austin Processing Center” at a Post Office Box address. (IR-2016-123). Similar to Shravan Gupta scam, Gupta’s premises were searched to look for evidence of money laundering in the Rs 3,727 crore scam.
“Verifying” tax return information over the phone:
Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a SSN or personal financial information, including bank numbers or credit cards. (IR-2016-40)