Sadly, in addition to spring, tax season is almost upon us. (Cue the foreboding music.) Whether you’re an organized early filer or a last minute procrastinator, we all have one thing in common: we’re all potential victims of tax scams. Yes, it’s tough enough to prepare the returns and pay the money, but we also have to watch out for savvy swindlers.
How do you know if you’re getting conned? Remember these tips from the Internal Revenue Service:
It’s a hoax if someone…
- Calls to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
- Threatens to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- Demands that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
For more information on tax scams and other tax-related topics, visit the IRS website.