Internal Revenue Service issues scam warnings for taxpayers
3:39 PM, Apr 5, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning for taxpayers in Florida to be on the lookout for scammers posing as the IRS and as tax preparers with special knowledge about IRS tax benefits.
The IRS states the scam involves people posing as tax preparers and luring victims by promising large refunds. The scam frequently scammers offering education credits or the Earned Income Tax Credit.
"The scammers may operate out of a store front and may appear to be legitimate tax preparers that recently opened for business," said Michael Dobzinski, IRS spokesperson for Florida.
According to the IRS, victims were promised large refunds and asked to provide their personal and financial information, which may then used to file a false claim with the IRS.
The IRS says, the scams mainly targets low-income and non-English-speaking people who usually don't have a tax filing requirement.
The victims of this scam typically are not given a copy of what was filed and the fraudulent refund is often deposited into the scammer's bank account., according to the IRS.
IRS states that taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their returns even if it was prepared by someone else. Taxpayers may even end up being penalized for filing false claims or receiving fraudulent refunds.