Beware of tax refund scams

The IRS recently warned that the number of tax scam victims in 2018 is rising by the thousands.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:15 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2018 10:39 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Tax season has started, and people are either doing them themselves or using the help of a tax preparer.

"I usually rough end my taxes myself, and depending on my situation I I might or I might not," said Fort Wayne resident Phil Snider.

Sometimes you can get more bang for your buck if you use a tax preparer.

"If they're not spending the time to do some coaching and some advising and if they're just preparing the numbers and sending you on you're way, you're not getting everything you should, " says CPA Roger Sipe.

But no matter which you do, you should beware of tax refund scammers. The IRS recently warned that the number of tax scam victims in 2018 is rising by the thousands. You can be scammed by getting your information hacked or the IRS phone call scam.

"Anytime you have somebody calling and pretending they're from the irs and threatening any type of collection action. Report them to the IRS," said Sipe.

Snider said that a scammer gained access to his deceased grandson's social security information and claimed him on their taxes.

"They got a refund based on a child that wasn't even theirs."

Snider says he's not sure if his grandson's case has been resolved.

"If you have a dependent that has passed away during the year, try to file as early as you can so that somebody doesn't scam you and claim them."

Sipe says if you suspect you've been a victim of a scam, you should report it.

"You can go on the IRS website and there's a place for reporting tax scams."

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