It’s always a good idea to be very careful when it comes to giving out personal information – especially personal financial information. There are a lot of scammers targeting victims through both email and phone calls. In fact, you should be especially wary when it comes to IRS impersonator scams. Reports of a new fraudulent tax, called the “Federal Student Tax,” have been making the rounds recently. Here’s what you need to know.
The Federal Student Tax Scam
The IRS recently released a warning to taxpayers concerning fraudulent phone calls from scam artists impersonating IRS officials and demanding payment for federal student tax. The problem: there is no such thing as federal student tax.
Although the tax deadline has passed, scammers are still finding new ways to trick their victims, who in this case are students. Scammers are often extremely aggressive and will convince their victims to wire payments to them for the so-called federal student tax. They will often use scare tactics, such as threatening the victims and saying the IRS will arrest them if the do not pay immediately. Other methods include the threat of deportation or the suspension of the victim’s driver’s license.
How to Identify a Scammer
If someone calls you and identifies him or herself as an IRS agent and does any of following information, it is certainly a scammer:
- They demand you make a payment for taxes owed through the use of an iTunes gift card.
- They ask for W-2 information from payroll and HR professionals.
- They ask you to verify your tax return information over the phone.
- They pretend to be from the tax preparation industry.
Additionally, an authentic IRS official will never do the following:
- Demand any type of payment over the phone.
- Contact you about taxes owed unless they have first mailed you a bill. If you haven’t received a bill, then the IRS will not call you.
- Threaten to arrest you.
- Demand you pay your taxes without having the chance to appeal the amount you supposedly owe.
- Demand you pay your taxes in a particular way, such as through an iTunes gift card or any other type of prepaid card.
- Ask for any credit card information over the phone.
If a scammer contacts you, hang up the phone and report the call to the TIGTA by visiting their IRS Impersonation Scam webpage. You can also report the scam at FTC.com.
Unfortunately, these scammers will continue to wreak havoc on the lives of innocent taxpayers. But there is hope, hiring a Las Vegas CPA makes avoiding tax scams easier. If you are unsure about a tax-related issue, a Las Vegas CPA can consult with you about what you owe and how to make your payment, while ensuring you save the most. Contact the Las Vegas CPA firm Fair, Anderson & Langerman today for tax consulting at 702-870-7999 today!