Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
CTR’s Des Moines tax attorney is warning taxpayers of the many types of tax scams that may be encountered. Due to the personal nature of the information shared with tax professionals and the money involved in tax returns, the possibility for criminals to take advantage of taxpayers is high.
CTR has several suggestions for avoiding becoming a victim of any tax scams. The majority of the advice involves being careful with the information given to those helping with tax preparation and being aware of the scams currently being perpetrated.
CTR recommends starting a search for tax professionals by searching for reputable companies. A California resident who can trust their Downey tax attorney has little concern that they might be a victim of a tax scam. The Better Business Bureau has a search feature on their site that will allow taxpayers to find out information about any tax professionals and to see how they are rated. The BBB rates organizations on length of time in business, background information, complaints, licensing and advertising issues, and commitments to the BBB.
CTR states that once a company has been chosen, any taxpayer should require their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Any business unwilling to provide this information should be considered as dishonest and should not be entered into any dealings with. A California taxpayer should ask their El Monte tax attorney or CPA for their PTIN up front and ensure that they are willing to sign the forms and provide copies of the tax returns.
CTR notes that there are multiple types of common scams committed by tax criminals. The tax scams usually involve identity theft, phishing or Social Security. In the case of identity theft, personal details are stolen discretely from the taxpayer. In phishing, the criminals will trick the victims into giving away personal information via an email or phone call claiming false authority. In one scam, the perpetrators request information from military personnel in order to supposedly increase their tax refund, then use the personal information to access other financials and steal from the victims. A Texas taxpayer gives information to their El Paso tax attorney, but only in person and after checking their credentials. The Social Security scams offer “free money” or similar benefits, and then use the information given them to inflate tax returns and claim false credits and refunds.
CTR recommends always knowing exactly to whom any personal information is being given. Any businesses requesting information can be confirmed as legitimate by the Better Business Bureau, and will gladly provide their licensing information and follow all proper procedures. Taxpayers concerned about being victims of a scam can contact CTR for advice to ensure they don’t end up being a victim or owing the IRS for false records.
CTR offers tax debt resolution and tax services for individuals and businesses across the United States. The company uses a three step program to create personalized strategies to help taxpayers settle their IRS debt. The company offers many services, including: state and federal tax debt resolution, IRS audit defense, tax preparation and bookkeeping.