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Rob Arena Arena and Associates, Inc. – IRS Warns of Identity Theft

If you are in need of help with your IRS tax liability – there is no better name in professional help than Rob Arena at Arena and Associates, Inc. Check our website at aataxhelp.com for more information. Call 303-847-4038 for a free consultation.

3/24/2017

Identity Theft and the filing of fraudulent refund returns is a common and persistent problem for many taxpayers. As this is tax time, taxpayers must be wary of returns that our filed on their behalf by criminals that have stolen their social security numbers.  The filing of a fraudulent return can result in the taxpayer’s refund being stolen and will delay posting of their actual return. Solving these types of issues can be time consuming and extremely frustrating.

A taxpayer may not be aware that they are a victim of identity theft until they attempt to file the tax return and it is rejected as a duplicate return. Other indicators of identity theft are IRS notices stating; more than one tax return filed using the taxpayer’s Social Security Number; or a balance due, refund offset or collection action taken for a year in which no return was filed; or the IRS or state records indicate the taxpayer received wages from an unknown employer; or an amended tax return. For business, fictitious employees or notice about a defunct, or closed business is a red flag.

Taxpayers that find that they have become victim of identity theft should act quickly. Unless the taxpayer contacts the IRS directly they may not be aware that the taxpayer was not the source of the fraudulent return. The IRS will research the matter and most likely contact the taxpayer to provide additional information. Being prompt and diligent in response can help to avoid an escalation of the issue.

Arena and Associates has many years of correcting these issues. If you or someone you know has suffered from this then call today for immediate help.

Arena and Associates, Inc. – Rob Arena – Tax Time Phone Scams

If you are in need of help with your IRS tax liability – there is no better name in professional help than Rob Arena at Arena and Associates, Inc. Check our website at aataxhelp.com for more information. Call 303-847-4038 for a free consultation.

3/23/2017

The IRS warns taxpayers and especially seniors to be wary of phone scams that are prevalent during tax season.

Avoid becoming a victim of scam artists. The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.

  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone