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Published: Fri, April 08, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

IRS Phone Scams Everywhere This Season, What To Do About It


Your payment plan must not stretch out the payments for more than three years. The rest you can take care of later. Don't do it. If you did not place the call, do not tell the caller your number.

If you get scammed, "On a tax return, the taxpayer is one hundred percent responsible for that tax", Gross said.

Those who make less than $62,000 annually can file their taxes electronically for free through the agency's "Free File" service online. You have until December 31 to contribute to a 529 account (some states allow deductions for your contributions) and to use money in your FSA account. That will only make your situation worse in the long run as you rack up fees and penalties. The IRS has said that handwritten returns are 20 times more likely to have mistakes on them than e-filed returns-and that mistakes beget a second look by a human.

"They're asking for either personal information or they're asking people or threatening people to pay money that they don't owe for taxes that they've already paid". "You calling yourself "police"!" the man replied.

Making math errors, especially if you're not using tax software. So filing old-school only slows down the refunding process. That's one of the most common errors.

What is your filing status?

Some taxpayers find out the bad news when they file. Head of Household causes the most confusion. In fact, a recent Investor Alert issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advises ending a conversation with any unsolicited caller as quickly as possible. This can hurt you in the short term, but getting caught up in a scheme like this can also leave you with a hefty tax bill down the road.

This mistake - intentional or not - can be costly.

If the IRS owes you a refund, they don't care when you file. Email you. Gross says don't even open an email that claims to be from the IRS because it isn't.

Some taxpayers are receiving bogus emails that appear to be coming from the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel regarding a tax refund. Lavelle says, if someone calls saying they're from the IRS, just hang up, and never return a call if they leave a voicemail. This also goes for your preparer. Having less revenue makes it harder to reduce taxes, which is not a good thing. The deadline to do so is midnight, April 18.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1 (800) 366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. The IRS is ready to bring a lawsuit against you.

If you want to file and extension, then be warned: you will still have to pay your taxes on Tax Day. Remember, a tax lien can hurt your credit score.

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