Most every adult in the United States is responsible for filing their taxes on an annual basis. This fact, combined with the amount of information being shared and an uneasiness about reporting everything correctly, creates the perfect storm for individuals looking to profit off a scam. Advances in technology have helped to protect taxpayers, but the same growth has also boosted capabilities for those hoping to take advantage of others. Computer and phone hacks to access information have provided criminals an opportunity to create situations which can cause a victim to feel uneasy and panic - resulting in funds being incorrectly transferred. Today, even voice software is being used to mimic someone you may actually know.
Consumers lost $5.8 billion to fraud last year and the numbers have continuously been rising. In order to remain protected, please know the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not initiate contact with any individual via the phone as a primary source. Mostly all correspondence regarding your tax return or any filings will take place via the US Postal Service with a letter or notice of any discrepancy. However, that hasn’t kept those looking to rip you off from attempting a variety of different methods, hoping to find their next victim.
Many individuals comply with a requestors phone call looking to confirm account information or receive funds when the person on the other end knows specific details of your filings or profession. While many can avoid being a victim when there are general requests being issued, things do get tricky should the person bring up a next of kin, refund amount, or actual on-going issue with the IRS. However, if you haven’t requested a phone call from an agent, the best thing to do is not comply and seek professional assistance.
Scammers are also now utilizing phishing emails in order to gain access to a person’s device or for gathering further information. These emails may initially appear to be from a reliable source, but again, if you haven’t had any correspondence with the IRS, then an email is never going to be their first method of contact.
It didn’t take long for these fraud activities to target mobile phone devices. Since many people now receive a variety of information via text, while also carrying tons of information on their mobile phone, it makes sense hackers would attempt to infiltrate these personal devices via a messaging service. Be sure to report any unusual activity and avoid clicking on links or responding to unknown sources.
Seeking the help of a tax professional should be one of the first actions taken if you believe a scammer has attempted to take advantage of your situation. Ultimately, law enforcement may need to be involved, but knowing how to avoid a scam and who should be in correspondence with the IRS - if needed - can help to avoid having your information and bank account compromised.
If you need assistance with any potential fraud schemes or unsolicited contact, are in need of filing a tax return, or have any other tax related questions then let the professionals at Bloch Rothman and Associate
s assist you today. In addition to providing answers for your questions, they can also take care of multiple other issues dealing with paying or owing back taxes, required audits signaled by either the IRS or an outside agency, or any other personal or corporate wealth management issues. Along with providing a top quality tax service, our group can also complete all types of returns and get answers to any other factors associated with financial issues or concerns you may have. Serving Denver and all of the surrounding areas for 35 years, our firm has an extensive history in helping clients with any and all of their tax issues or dealings with the Internal Revenue Service. If you have questions about your personal, business, estate, or any other filings, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Available for all of your tax needs, there are also a number of bookkeeping and payroll services offered to assist you and your business. We look forward to meeting you and providing the type of service you can rely on whatever your needs may be very soon!