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Forbes Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 11:39am
SCAM ALERT: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency

IR-2018-27, Feb. 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed.

Following up on a Security Summit alert issued Feb. 2, the IRS issued this additional warning about the new scheme after discovering more tax practitioners’ computer files have been breached. In addition, the number of potential taxpayer victims jumped from a few hundred to several thousand in just days. The IRS Criminal Investigation division continues its investigation into the scope and breadth of this scheme.

These criminals have a new twist on an old scam. After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, these criminals use the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit.

Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers, and their versions of the scam may continue to evolve.

Different Versions of the Scam
In one version of the scam, criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency.

In another version, the taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.

To read the remainder of the IRS alert, click the link.....

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/scam-alert-irs-urges-taxpayers-to-watch-out-for-erroneous-refunds-beware-of-fake-calls-to-return-money-to-a-collection-agency
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Forbes Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 11:58am
IRS Urges Travelers Requiring Passports to Pay Their Back Taxes or Enter into Payment Agreements; People Owing $51,000 or More Covered

A passport won’t be at risk under this program for any taxpayer:

Who is in bankruptcy
Who is identified by the IRS as a victim of tax-related identity theft
Whose account the IRS has determined is currently not collectible due to hardship
Who is located within a federally declared disaster area
Who has a request pending with the IRS for an installment agreement
Who has a pending offer in compromise with the IRS
Who has an IRS accepted adjustment that will satisfy the debt in full

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-travelers-requiring-passports-to-pay-their-back-taxes-or-enter-into-payment-agreements-people-owing-51000-or-more-covered
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Forbes Accounting & Consulting, Inc.Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 10:33pm
Understanding your Notice from the IRS

Your notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue.

If you agree with the information, there is no need to contact the IRS.

*Why was I notified by the IRS?
The IRS sends notices and letters for the following reasons:

You have a balance due.
You are due a larger or smaller refund.
They have a question about your tax return.
They need to verify your identity.
They need additional information.
They changed your return.
They need to notify you of delays in processing your return.

NEXT STEPS

*Read
Each notice or letter contains a lot of valuable information, so it’s very important that you read it carefully. If they changed your tax return, compare the information they provided in the notice or letter with the information in your original return.

*Respond
If your notice or letter requires a response by a specific date, there are two main reasons you’ll want to comply:

- to minimize additional interest and penalty charges.
- to preserve your appeal rights if you don’t agree.

*Pay
Pay as much as you can, even if you can’t pay the full amount you owe. You can pay online or apply for an Online Payment Agreement or Offer in Compromise. Visit the IRS payments page for more information.

*Keep a copy of your notice or letter
It’s important to keep a copy of all notices or letters with your tax records. You may need these documents at a later date.

* Contact the IRS
Their contact phone number is on the top right-hand corner of the notice or letter. Typically, you only need to contact them if you don’t agree with the information, if they requested additional information, or if you have a balance due. You can also write to them at the address in the notice or letter. If you write, allow at least 30 days for their response.

*The location of the notice or letter number
You can find the notice (CP) or letter (LTR) number on either the top or the bottom right-hand corner of your correspondence.

* When the notice or letter looks suspicious
Please visit the IRS Report Phishing page if you receive a notice or letter that looks suspicious and was designed to appear as though it came from the IRS. You can also call 800-829-1040. They never ask taxpayers for personal information via e-mail or social media.

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