The IRS is making this announcement now because time is running out for people to claim their refunds.
For more information, check out our imposters' webpage.
This short video describes how tax scammers try to get you to pay on the phone.
An employee at a collection agency stole the personal information of debtors and then sold it to professional identity thieves, who used it to file false returns seeking fraudulent refunds.
Those wanting to file an old tax return can find the appropriate forms on the IRS documents page.
If federal income tax return were not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity to claim their tax refunds.
More than 17,000 Alabamians are among the 1 million American taxpayers owed money by the Internal Revenue Service.
Uses the stolen information to file tax returns as the taxpayers.
If this notice applies to you, there a few things to consider.
"A common theme among those who report failed grandparent scam attempts is that they disregarded the crook's demand for secrecy and immediately made a follow-up call to the grandchild in question or that child's parent".
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay right away to avoid arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. Don't reply to or click on any links in any kinds of messages like this; instead, forward the message to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can investigate it further.
Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the IRS. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a phony case number and telephone number to call to return the refund.
"Cyber criminals are always working to develop news schemes that will allow them to profit by stealing sensitive information from hard-working people", Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in the press release.
Also put a fraud alert on your credit reports so that businesses must contact you to verify your identity before issuing credit in your name.
There are some circumstances in which your refund may take longer. If they do not file tax returns within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.
Filing a past return could also be lucrative.
If you would like to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, check out our credit monitoring service.