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Tax Scammers on the Rise

The Internal Revenue Service or the IRS is now taking preventive measures against the rise of tax scammers especially since the season of tax-filing is fast approaching. The agency warns all taxpayers that as much as possible, they could file returns and claim benefits on 2010 taxes before December 31.

Since it’s the end-of-the-year tax-filing time, IRS wants to warn all taxpayers for any mischievous or suspecting act related to tax-filing. Dan Boone, the spokesperson of IRS, said that it would be better to file taxes not later than December 31 to avoid inconvenience to the part of the taxpayer. They can save money this way and prevent the chances of being a victim of scammers.

There are several crooked ways on how tax scammers work, according to Boone. Commonly scammers will send their emails through inbox looking emails. This emails claims to be from the IRS but truthfully they aren’t. Boone clearly stated that the IRS doesn’t used emails for transactions. If any unsolicited emails claiming to be from IRS is received, it must then be reported to the site, phishing@irs.gov.

Recently, the IRS has received reports that tax scammers also used mails, going door-to-door. These mails trick people into filing false tax-refund and giving out personal information with using the names of the local churches as cover-ups. If this happens, it’s better to contact again the IRS.

In relation to the giving of personal information, Boone stated that it’s better to contact IRS in their hotline number, 800-829-1040, for authenticity and confirmation.

Since tax-filing season are ahead, some taxpayers are easily trick by tax scammers. These tax scammers normally target those who do not have any filing requirement and involve claims for nonexistent social security rebates. To avoid any mishaps, it’s better if the taxpayer shall be twice more vigilant to the flowery words and advertising ways of the tax scammers.