IRS, States, Industry Continue Progress to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft
IR-2015-117, October 20, 2015 Español
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax administrators and leaders of the tax industry announced today continued progress to expand and strengthen protections against identity theft refund fraud for the 2016 tax season.
The public-private sector partnership announced success in identifying and testing more than 20 new data elements on tax return submissions that will be shared with the IRS and the states to help detect and prevent identity-theft related filings. In addition, the software industry is putting in place enhanced identity requirements and validation procedures for their customers to protect accounts from identity thieves. Read Article Here...
IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls
IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2015-18, October 21, 2015
The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
The IRS will not:
1 . Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
2. Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
3. Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone. Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying. If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do: Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
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