(KDVR) DENVER— This week, the Internal Revenue Service reported an upsurge in scams aimed at people who are hurrying to submit their taxes.
In 2021, tax fraud cost more than $2 billion. IRS Special Agent Andy Tsui told FOX31 that he, too, has gotten questionable calls from scammers posing as the IRS, wanting to collect personal information and money.
“The ones I’ve gotten have been threats of arrest,” he explained.
The scammers swiftly hang up as Tsui introduces himself.
Keep an eye out for spam call red flags.
All taxpayers, according to Tsui, should be aware of the red flags, which include intimidating phone calls.
“It was more of a hard sell,” he claimed, “like, ‘This is the IRS, and you’re about to be arrested unless you make this payment to me right now.'”
Tsui also stated that the IRS will never approach taxpayers by text messaging, social media, or unwanted emails, preferring instead to contact them via letter.
Anyone looking for a tax preparer should check their credentials and acquire recommendations, according to Chadwick Elliott of the Denver Tax Group.
“Everyone from certified public accountants to tax experts are required to have a P-10, which is an identifying number that the IRS has on file,” Elliott explained.
The IRS says that anyone promised considerably more money in a return than you believe you’re entitled to, or any preparer who refuses to sign a return should be avoided.
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If the return is approved, the taxpayer is liable for reimbursing the funds.