How To Stay Safe Filing Taxes

Watch out for scams

They say the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. While there are plenty of scams for the former, this is the season for scams involving the latter. The IRS even has a page warning people about scams.

Keep in mind

Things to keep in mind are to ignore those threatening phone calls. They sound scary! There’s a good reason for that. They’re trying to scare you into giving up your money or information. It’s best to hang up as soon as you hear an automated voice claiming to be from the IRS or Social Security Administration.

Don’t wait to file your taxes! The closer you get to that April 15th deadline, the more likely you are to be a target. Criminals increase their attacks as deadlines loom. Don’t get caught in the crowd.

Keep your information private by guarding your Social Security number. While most of your information is already out there in the ether of the internet, your SSN is a little harder to come by. Don’t make stealing your identity easy by sharing that number over the phone. Also keep a safe guard on any documents with it listed.

Common sense

Taxes are stressful for all of us. If you practice common sense procedures, you can safeguard yourself against fraud.

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  1. It’s pretty much an international activity it seems, as we get them supposedly from HMRC, the UK equivalent of the IRS. Friends and family in Germany get them from the BZSt (their IRS equivalent) too. Here, the automated ones tend to use poor quality US-accented recordings and are more threatening, whereas the live ones tend to have Asian accents. The email versions are very unoriginal and seem to come with the same fixed offer of a refund (around £529, or maybe a fair bit less to some less worthy punters) , whether from HMRC, TV licensing, our ISP or our banks Visa accounts.

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