Taxpayers alerted against falsely inflated refunds in ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; Seniors, many others at risk.
Scam artists pose as tax preparers during tax time, luring victims by promising large federal tax refunds. They use flyers, advertisements, phony storefronts or word of mouth to attract victims.
Scammers frequently prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as those with low incomes or older Americans. They may also prey on non-English speakers who may or may not have a requirement to file a tax return.
Con artists dupe people into making claims for fictitious rebates, benefits or tax credits. They may also file a false return in their client’s name, and the client never knows that a refund was paid.
Read more about the phony, fraudulent methods used to victimize honest taxpayers.
Did you know the IRS has a Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. This tool can help taxpayers find a tax return professional with the right qualifications. The Directory is a searchable and sortable listing of preparers registered with the IRS.
Remember to do your due diligence, and check the preparer’s history and ask the Better Business Bureau about the preparer:
Better Business Bureau
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