Monday, 24 September, 2018


IRS warning taxpayers of new twist on refund scam

IRS warning taxpayers of new twist on refund scam IRS warning taxpayers of new twist on refund scam
Conrad Doyle | 14 March, 2018, 00:55

The survey found that the overall state and local tax rate takes 14.89-percent of the income of an IL resident who has the median US household income or $8,299 a year.

Contacts their victims, telling them the money was mistakenly deposited into their accounts and asking them to return it.

Taxpayers receiving erroneous refunds also should contact their tax preparers immediately.

A woman who worked as a customer service rep for a student loan processor gave the personal information of student loan borrowers to a tax preparer, who in turn used the data to file fraudulent returns requesting large refunds.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), there was a 40% decline in taxpayers reporting they were victims of identity theft from 2016 to 2017, presumably thanks in part to IRS security awareness campaigns for both tax professionals and taxpayers, and additional security measures put in place. Thieves are depositing fraudulent tax refunds into individuals' actual bank accounts, then attempting to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. If they do not file a tax return within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. That means April 17, 2018, is the last day for people who didn't file their returns in 2014.

A list of income exempt from Alabama income taxation, including federal Social Security benefits and state employee retirement benefits, can be found online at revenue.alabama.gov. In Vermont, 27,000 people failed to file their return in 2014, leaving behind about $2 million.

If this notice applies to you, there a few things to consider. Then then call the victims and threaten penalties if the victims don't "return" the refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is created to help low- and moderate-income families.

File your tax return early in the tax season, if you can. For example, a single person with three or more children could qualify for the EITC if they made less than $46,997.

The victim was given a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund. Of course, the scam artist ensures that the "return" ends up getting routed to his own bank account. Use different passwords for each account. April 15, the normal deadline for filing tax returns, falls on a Sunday this year, which would normally move the deadline ahead one day.

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