Every year, Americans need to file their taxes. Unfortunately, every year there are scams and identity thieves trying to cause trouble. Keep your finances safe by taking note of the 2018 tax scams and how to protect yourself.
2018 Tax Scams & Identity Theft Protection
Recently, we wrote about tax tips and mentioned a few tax scams. Now, it’s time to dig deeper into the 2018 tax scams. Identity theft can cause a significant disruption of a person’s life. It’s important to take it seriously. With some background information as well as preventative steps, you can stay safe from identity thieves this tax season.
Some of these scams happen every year. The scammers just get better and better at it. That’s why we need to stay vigilant. Seniors, younger filers and those with English as a second language are some of the most vulnerable populations targeted. However, anyone is at risk- especially since the scams get better each year. Check out these tax scams and other identity theft ploys.
- Phishing e-mails asking you to click and verify or provide additional personal information.
- Threatening phone calls from the “IRS” about back taxes you owe.
- Receiving an unexpected tax refund in your bank account followed by fake phone calls from IRS demanding it back. Read more about it here.
- Identity thieves stealing your identity to file fraudulent tax returns.
- Trusting the wrong person to prepare your taxes. Use this resource from the IRS to hire the right tax professional.
If you have been a victim of a 2018 tax scam, it’s important to report it. Even if you didn’t fall for the trick, report it anyway. You can file the report with the Treasury Inspector General.