Did you get an email in January claiming to be from the IRS warning you that you need to update the information on your W2 form? We hope you didn’t click on the link or fill out a form, because the IRS never sends unsolicited emails to taxpayers.
Tax time isn’t the only time for scams. The perennial “Treasury Department” email scam states that a refund or tax inheritance is waiting for you. You just need to provide a little personal information on a “fake” official-looking form. Don’t open the form.
Here are some tips to help you recognize a scam:
- If the IRS needs information, they will send a letter. You will NOT be asked to send information through email.
- Do not click on any links in unknown emails. It could infect your computer with viruses and spyware.
- Do not give out personal information, including SSN, home address and birth date to anyone who emails or calls you.
- If the email has a lot of punctuation and spelling errors, that’s a heads up that it’s probably not an official letter.
- Look at the “from” email address or URL, it will always have a clue that it comes from somewhere other than the IRS.
- Don’t be fooled by “official looking” formatting. Anyone can obtain the IRS logo and use it illegally.
Last year, the IRS published the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams of 2012. It’s a smart idea to review the list, and be aware that schemers are always coming up with something new.
If you or the elderly person you care about need help organizing your personal financial records for tax preparation, we can help. Give Diana a call at (513) 300-5141 or emailtoday. It may seem a long time off now, but April 15 is just around the corner.