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2016-03-09 12:50:14
Tax Scams

With tax season upon us and filing deadline nearing the criminals are also working hard via the internet and phone to get at your personal information and now it seems the are going after the college student.

According to a Denver Post Story, 02/28/2016, by Steve Rosen, 'The IRS said it is not aware of any tax scams particularly targeting college students, but young adults certainly have been among the victims in recent years along with senior citizens and people from low-income households.
Colleges around the country are making a notable effort to make students aware of the tax scams where they are phishing for personal information.

With tax fraud now reaching significant numbers as complaints to the IRS have reached nearly 900,000 over the last two years according to the Treasury Department for Tax Administration. According to the Tax Administration crooks have stolen around 26.5 million from about 5,000 victims.

Here are some tips from Steve Rosen's article on how to avoid being caught up in these scams:
1) The IRS will not request personal information through email.
2) Internet solicitations that direct you to toll-free numbers and then solicit your Social Security number.
3) Unsolicited offers to prepare a tax return and split the refund.
4) Unfamiliar tax services offering fast refunds, for a fee.
5) False claims for refunds based on education tax credits or others.

If you believe your personal identification has been stolen/compromised, go to
WWW.IRS.GOV and fill out an Identity Theft Affidavit.



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