Pennsylvania Department of Revenue warns of tax-related scams

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue warns of tax-related scams

For more information, check out our imposters' webpage.

Educate yourself about scams which seek personal information.

With tax-filing season now upon us, there's another kind of identity theft you should be watching out for: tax identity theft.

The caller gives you a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.

Has refunds deposited into taxpayers' bank accounts. In 2014 the tax credit was worth as much as $6,143, which you could claim if your income was below a certain threshold. "You only find out at the point where your legitimate return gets rejected".

Identity theft was DATCP's fourth most common consumer complaint in 2017.

Unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling about $1.1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2014 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.


Nevertheless, identity theft criminals remain active, with the Identity Theft Resource Centre (ITRC) recording 1,579 data breaches in 2017, up 45% from 2016, and Experian reporting that W-2 scams increased by nearly 80% over that period.

Failing to file federal returns also varies greatly by state.

Taxpayers in the United States will have two extra days this year to file their tax returns. To collect, taxpayers must file their 2014 returns no later than this year's tax deadline: April 17.

Read any IRS notices you might receive very carefully. Thieves are depositing fraudulent tax refunds into individuals' actual bank accounts, then attempting to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. Any of these scenarios is a strong indication that you may be the victim of tax identity theft. "You can hang up the phone and contact the IRS directly and ask if you owe them money". Don't reply to or click on any links in any kinds of messages like this; instead, forward the message to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov so they can investigate it further. "If you have any doubts about who's contacting you then don't be bullied into taking immediate action". If you encounter any of the scenarios described above, call the IRS at (800) 829-0433 to report the potential fraud. The taxpayer is threatened with criminal charges, an arrest warrant and the "blacklisting" of his Social Security number if he doesn't immediately return the refund.

Another tax scam to watch for involves phony calls from the IRS targeting vulnerable populations - particularly new immigrants.

There are some circumstances in which your refund may take longer.

Filing a past return could also be lucrative. If they do not file tax returns within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.

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