JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has identified a list of possible scams residents might expect this tax season.
Tax scams usually include threats and demands for immediate payment of a tax bill. According to AG Josh Hawley, this is something that the IRS never does. They will also not ask for specific methods of payment, or for cash. Scammers may also threaten to involve law enforcement if payment is not made immediately. On the other hand, the IRS will allow taxpayers to question or appeal the amount owed. The news release also cautions taxpayers against revealing credit or debit information over the phone.
Signs that you may be a victim of tax fraud identity theft include:
Receiving a notice or letter stating that:
- More than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number;
- You owe additional tax
- You have a tax refund offset of which you were not aware;
- The IRS or DOR records indicate that you received wages from an employer unknown to you;
- The IRS or DOR questions your claim information pertaining to your dependents;
Learning that collection actions were taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return or did not owe money;
Being unable to process your return when using electronic software.
Learn more at ago.mo.gov.