Last week, one of our clients came close to being a victim of a sophisticated IRS impostor scam. We wanted to summarize the experience so that our clients are aware and can better protect themselves.
With tax season upon us, it is important to be aware of this year's top tax scams in order to learn how to protect yourself. For example, phone scams, phishing, and identity theft are the top three listed on the IRS' list of top 12 scams for 2015. Learning what the IRS legally can and cannot do over the phone and through email as well as what you should expect from tax preparers, for instance, will help you identify and prevent a potential scam. Additionally, a valuable resource worth remembering for information regarding taxes and preparation is the IRS website; you may find that many of your questions can be answered by a quick search.