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Beware, Tax Scams Continue To Plague Citizens

Beware, Tax Scams Continue To Plague Citizens

Five Common Tax Scams to Avoid
Even though the tax system in the United States has reached incredibly advanced levels, there are still a number of tax schemes that continue to trap people every year. If you do not want to end up a victim, it is important to read about these scams and how to avoid them. Here are the five most common scams involving taxation and their consequences.
Impersonating IRS Officials:
The most common scam involves phone calls where people pretend they are IRS agents in order to gain information or money from the victim. Sometimes they will pretend the victim has a significant tax bill that is unpaid, and that the victim is in violation of the law if they do not pay. Victims end up sending them money through wire transfers or their bank cards.
Threats and Intimidation:
People who call pretending to be IRS agents do not restrict their methods to requesting money. They also threaten people with significant consequences if they do not comply. For example, a lot of tax scams involve threatening immigrants with deportation if they do not pay the money the same day. Some scams involve telling small businesses their licenses are facing revocation if the tax bill is not cleared as soon as possible.
Hacking Caller ID:
Typically, individuals are able to identify whether the call they receive is from a government agency or a random number. In order to get through this situation, scammers use hacking methods to trick your caller ID into thinking the IRS is calling. When they start talking, the scammers also give out fake IRS positions and badge numbers to further the con. They usually have a lot of information about the person they are calling, which makes their story incredibly believable.
Changing Tricks:
Sometimes the tricks do not involve phones. Instead, they will attempt to send emails requesting immediate action. The email addresses are suspiciously similar to government ones, which makes the con seem real at first. They will include official-looking documents within the email that show your latest unpaid tax bill, along with instructions to make the payment.
Scams Come at a Huge Cost:
Many of these scams seem entirely avoidable, but it is an unfortunate truth that a lot of people fall victim to these schemes. Statistics show that around $20 million was paid out to scammers by the victims in a two year period from 2013 to 2015.