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Update on tax ID theft issues.

February 2, 2016

The IRS is very aware of current issues concerning scams and other fraudulent activity regarding taxpayers and filing of tax returns. It is very important that all taxpayers be aware of these issues and what can be done to address them. The IRS has published numerous notifications and publications on this topic, so please visit the IRS website here for more up-to-date information. 

It has been reported in an article published in USAToday that the IRS may be called upon by U.S. lawmakers to begin contacting delinquent taxpayers by phone; either by direct calls from IRS employees, or through a third party collection agency hired by the IRS. This method of contact was attempted by the IRS in the past, but met with dismal results and was subsequently terminated.

This new "requirement" has not yet been verified by the IRS to the taxpayer and tax preparer communities, so please be sure to exercise caution and common sense if you are contacted. If you have any doubt about the validity of a call, do not give or confirm any of your personal information with the caller. In fact, we strongly advise politely disconnecting the call and then contacting your tax professional for further assistance.

Of course taxpayers have the right to contact the IRS directly to discuss and/or confirm any purported issues they may have with their tax filings.

For more general information on the topic of taxes and security, please visit the IRS website here.


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