Don't be fooled during tax season
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:54:02 GMT —
If you're not careful about who you choose to help file your taxes, it won't just be the government who is taking your money.
The IRS is warning of scams through email and phone calls, with people claiming to be someone from the IRS. Michael Devine with the IRS says don't buy into it.
"Many people think because it's so easy to e-file, that the IRS is going to send you an email about your return. And we will never do that. The first time the IRS will ever contact you about a question on your return or refund is a white piece of paper, with black ink, delivered in an envelope by the US Postal Service. We do not email you. We do not call you. So anytime you receive an unexpected communication, from someone claiming to be the IRS, assume it's a scam," Devine said.
Devine says there are few circumstances where you will be notified from the IRS otherwise.
"Let's say for example, you've got an installment agreement to pay for old tax debts. Once we know each other, you might get an email from us or we might give you a call. But never will that be unexpected from somebody you don't know. It will never be threatening, saying, 'if you don't answer this email, we're going to audit you,' or, 'if you answer this email, we'll help you get a bigger refund.' Those are scams," Devine said.
Devine says if you do receive an unexpected email from someone claiming to be the IRS, don't open any attachments. You're asked to send it directly to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org. At that point, you can delete the email.