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Ask the Expert: How to tell if it is really the IRS calling

Posted by Eric James on Jul 9, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Q:  I’m concerned. I was sure I paid my income tax this year when I filed, but I have just received a call from someone saying they are an authorized IRS collection agent and I need to pay a small balance now due ($350). The agent said I should pay by prepaid debit card.  What do you recommend?  

Bailey J., Private Business Owner
Akron, OH

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Topics: scams, fraud, Eric James, Ask the Expert

IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jun 29, 2017 9:37:42 AM

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even thou

gh the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims. 

“We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card. Taxpayers can avoid these and other tricky financial scams by taking a few minutes to review the tell-tale signs of these schemes.”

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Topics: scams, fraud

IRS Warns of Email Scam Targeting Employers, Tax-Exempt Entities, Universities and Schools, Government and Private Sector Businesses

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 30, 2017 9:00:17 AM

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial “Hi, are you in today” message before the request.

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Topics: scams, fraud, IRS

IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain on Alert to Phone Scams during Tax Season

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 25, 2017 9:37:37 AM

WASHINGTON – With the 2017 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. 

These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

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Topics: scams, fraud, IRS

'Tis the Season for Tax Scams and Fraud

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 28, 2017 10:27:51 AM

Tax season is prime time for scammers and cyber criminals. Beyond identity theft, which is seemingly quite commonplace, tax scams have the dubious distinction of rising to the top of the Better Business Bureau's list of scams in 2016.

According to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker, the top ten list includes: 

  • Tax scams
  • Debt collections
  • Sweepstakes/prizes/gifts
  • Online purchase
  • Employment
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Topics: identity theft, scams, fraud, Taxes - Individual, taxes, IRS

Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts: Heads-up as we head into the giving season

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Nov 17, 2016 1:47:19 PM

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake IRS communication. This page looks at the scams affecting individuals, businesses, and tax professionals and what do if you if you spot a tax scam. 

REMEMBER: The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.  In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.  Being able to recognize these tell-tale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim.

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Topics: scams, IRS

U.S. Indicts Dozens of IRS Phone Scammers

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 29, 2016 8:41:00 AM

Federal, state and local authorities have indicted dozens of people and businesses in the U.S. and India accused of impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees demanding money from innocent taxpayers in the U.S.

Related: Follow our Fraud & Scam blogs

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Topics: scams, fraud, taxes

Avoiding IRS Tax Scams

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Sep 22, 2014 4:21:00 PM

Posted by: Michael Hermes, Tax Senior

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Topics: scams, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

E-mail Scam - Beware of Notices of Inheritance Via E-mail

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jun 28, 2012 12:38:00 PM

You've received an e-mail from a foreign lawyer telling you that a long-lost relative has died and that you are the only heir. You are entitled to millions from the deceased's estate. Can this be possible?

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Topics: scams, Estates, Gifts & Trusts


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