AMERICAN can have their tax preparer check their form to see if they have been hacked before filing a tax return.
This year tax season opens on January 24, and the IRS estimates that about 160 million individual complaints will be filed.
Jessie Schmidt, of the Better Business Division, urges Americans to double-check their forms and research tax preparers.
She warned that scammers could steal taxpayers’ social security numbers, according to South Dakota Public Broadcasting network.
The IRS has offered a series of tips to help Americans avoid being scammed when filing their taxes.
Special Agent in Charge Andy Tsui warned taxpayers to be wary of any tax-related information they may see on social media.
Common scams involve someone posing as an IRS employee.
Tsui told KGVO: “If you are watching something online or even on social media, before you take a real step forward in providing information or even paying for something, Just take a step back.”
He said taxpayers who don’t do their research are “more prone” to falling victim to fraud.
Tsui cautions that the IRS never uses social media to communicate with taxpayers and will instead often send letters to anyone who owes taxes.
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Agency officials continue to urge taxpayers to report any illegal documents or phone calls they suspect may be fraudulent.
The recipient was asked to take down the caller’s phone number and then hung up immediately.
The information will then be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Form or by calling 800-366-4484.
Taxpayers should also report the phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “IRS Phone Scam” in the subject line.
Officials warn this year could be a potentially difficult tax season, potentially bringing complications and possibly resulting delays for many Americans.
The IRS is dealing with a labor shortage, and officials are making sure stimulus and other pandemic-related payments are sent out correctly.
Employers are battling a massive staffing shortage because the IRS has 20,000 fewer employees than it did in 2010, according to a report Congressional Budget Office.
Failure to pay taxes on time may resulting in penalties worth hundreds of dollars.
For example, the IRS will send taxpayers a notice or letter if they encounter a so-called “Not paying the penalty“.
Americans can be fined five percent of their unpaid taxes.
It can be up to 25%, depending on how late the tax is filed.
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