Tips To Recognize and Avoid Tax Scams

 

A criminal’s favorite time of year? Tax season. Want to know why? Scammers have become quite adept at impersonating the IRS to steal your money.

They will call you, send an email, or even show up at your door.

And it’s up to you to stay aware of these crooks and not fall victim to their scams.

Tax Attorney Mary King offers some vital tips that you should know. She says:

“The IRS will never contact you through email to request personal or financial information. If you owe taxes, you will first receive a paper bill. To view your tax account information and review your payment options online, visit IRS.gov.”

King also says it’s important to know that the IRS will never:

Leave pre-recorded messages.

Threaten to immediately bring in law enforcement or police.

Call to demand payment with a debit card, gift card or wire transfer.

Ask for checks to third parties.

Demand payment without an opportunity to question or appeal.

If you think you’ve received a suspicious email demand from the IRS, Treasury, or anything tax-related, do not open any attachments, click on any links, reply to the sender, or take any other actions that can put your personal and financial information at risk.

You should report these scams to phishing@irs.gov. You can also report a suspicious call to the Federal Trade Commission.

This information has been provided by the Law Office of Mary King, P.L. With IRS tax debt resolution, tax debt settlement negotiations, and tax planning and filing solutions, the Law Office of Mary King, P.L. serves clients throughout Florida and offers complete IRS problem-solving services for individuals and businesses.

Call Sarasota Tax Attorney Mary King today or visit taxlawyerflorida.com.

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