PA Department of Revenue: beware the latest tax scams

The governor's office and state officials are warning taxpayers of the latest tax scams

The governor's office and state officials are warning taxpayers of the latest tax scams

A representative from the office of Stephen Curry, a Certified Public Accountant in Auburn, said most people who try to file their own taxes don't realize that certain types of retirement income are taxable with the state of Alabama.

For more information, check out our imposters' webpage. They often will bully or intimidate the recipient of the call into sending them money, usually in the form of wire transfer, or prepaid debit or credit cards. It is a form of identity theft that enables the scammers to collect taxpayers' refunds.

IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by telephone.

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About $1.1 billion in unclaimed federal income tax refunds - including $18.3 million owed to Alabamians - is waiting for taxpayers who did not file 2014 federal income tax returns. Returns this year are due by April 17, unless you file for an automatic six-month extension.

If this notice applies to you, there a few things to consider. It's likely that any mail you receive with a return address that begins "Internal Revenue Service" is going to get your attention, but you should pay especially close attention to these due to the heightened risk of tax identity theft.

Don't reply to any emails, texts or social media messages asking for your personal information. And you should have your bank return the payment to the IRS and immediately take steps to secure your bank account. It might be because they're afraid they owe money to the IRS that they can't pay, or because they think their income falls below the threshold required to file. If you encounter any of the scenarios described above, call the IRS at (800) 829-0433 to report the potential fraud. First, if you file your 2014 return, your refund will be held if you also neglected to file a return in 2015 and 2016.

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"Cyber criminals are always working to develop news schemes that will allow them to profit by stealing sensitive information from hard-working people", Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said in a news release Monday.

Also put a fraud alert on your credit reports so that businesses must contact you to verify your identity before issuing credit in your name.

"You can establish a SEP for 2017 in 2018, as long as you do it before your 2017 filing return deadline", Machen said. If they do not file a tax return within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury.

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