Denver, CO – February 7, 2012 – Whether you have filed your taxes already or not, now is the time to be especially guarded against tax scams. For those who still need to file, it is important to choose one of the many reputable tax preparers out there and not fall victim to someone unethical. For those who have filed already, beware of any strange communications about your refund that appear to be coming from your bank or the IRS.
“It’s the time of year for tax filers to steer clear of unqualified preparers who are just trying to make a buck and may not be very honest,” said Dale Mingilton, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Denver/Boulder. “Tax season is also when scammers make an extra push to get people to fall for phishing attempts.”
One of the most common tax scams involves phishing for your private information by someone who is impersonating the IRS. They may say that there is a problem with your refund and they need your personal and/or financial information to resolve the issue. These phishing attempts have been known to happen via phone or email. Consumers should know that the IRS does not correspond with the public in this manner.
Unethical tax preparers have been known to skim part of their clients’ refunds, overcharge for services, and attract clients by making promises that are too good to be true. According to the IRS, federal courts have issued hundreds of injunctions ordering individuals to cease preparing returns, and the Department of Justice has pending complaints against dozens of others.
Follow these tips from your BBB to avoid falling victim to a scam as tax season wraps up:
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