Tax season is a prime chance for fraudsters to make their move. Learn how to recognize some key strategies to watch out for.
Tax season is rife with opportunists who use a multitude of nefarious tactics to get you to part with your money. Increasingly sophisticated, even the savviest tax filer might have trouble discerning a real IRS request from a fake one. Here are five ways to protect yourself this tax season.
Tip: irs.gov is the official website for the IRS. If you get a communication from irs.com, irs.net, irs.org or any other website, you’ll know immediately it is not a legitimate request.
Tip: Since criminals can now “spoof” IRS phone numbers, don’t let the fact that it appears to be a legitimate IRS number sway you. If they demand payment or ask for identifying information, hang up.
Tip: All tax preparers are required by federal law to have a preparer identification number they include with their signature on the tax return.