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Summertime Scams

The IRS is warning people to still be watching out for scams even though it is the summertime. Scammers do not take this season off even though it is not tax season. This is actually a good time for the scammers to target taxpayers because this is around the time the IRS would start sending out notices for any discrepancies from your previously filed return(s). Below are some highlighted scams currently making their way to taxpayers:

• EFTPS Scam – the scammer claims you owe back taxes and paying them with a prepaid debit card will link to your EFTPS account (EFTPS is the system to pay the IRS tax payments electronically).
• Robo-calls – the message warns that if you do not call them back a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
• Private Debt Collection – the scammers are claiming to be from private collection firms in order to get you to pay them.

Always remember the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a credit card or a prepaid debit card, threaten to have you arrested, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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