June 16, 2024

Beware of Post-Filing Tax Season Cons

In Rapid City, South Dakota, numerous reports have started to surface about fraudulent calls posing as tax officials. These false representatives claim that the person has not paid their taxes properly or in full, subsequently pressuring the person to make up for their supposed shortfall.

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) clarified that they seldom make their initial approach through calls. Instead, correspondence by mail is typically the first point of contact. In addition, the IRS vehemently refutes any conditions demanding repayment in the form of prepaid credit or gift cards even before the taxpayer gets an opportunity to dispute the said decision.

An IRS representative advised anyone receiving such a call to immediately end the call. For reassurance, it’s recommended to visit IRS.gov to obtain their official number and independently verify the legitimacy of the call.

Reporting Suspected Tax Scams

If you suspect that you’ve been targeted by a fraudulent call, it’s advisable to report the suspected scam to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration either online or over the phone at 800.366.4484.

Furthermore, the IRS also has a designated page for reporting suspected email phishing schemes.

Fake Unclaimed Refund Alerts

The IRS also cautions taxpayers to be wary of fake alerts about unclaimed refunds. In case of any such call, taxpayers should hang up immediately. Any legitimate information related to tax refunds is available at the Where’s My Refund? section of the IRS.gov site.

Related Financial Tips:

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