Beware tax schemes

tax scam

It seems like I hear about a possible scam once a day, these days. The IRS has sent out a warning for some things related to taxes that you need to watch out for. 

IRS Imposter Scams

The IRS does not call people and demand payment over the phone. They definitely don’t accept gift cards or Venmo. 

If you DO owe money to the IRS, you’re going to get a whole series of letters. Someone is not going to call you out of the blue and demand gift cards or Venmo payments. 

If you don’t know if it’s legit, ask a tax professional. We’re trained to know what comes from the IRS and what absolutely does not. 

Tax Preparation Scams

Hire ONLY professional tax preparers. Otherwise, you’re giving a lot of sensitive information to people who may or may not have your best interests at hand. 

One Size Fits All Tax Advice

There is no one size fits all tax advice. And the guy that is trying to sell everyone the same solution has only one thing to sell. 

It takes a comprehensive look at your current situation and review of your goals to know what is the best answer for you. Where are you? Where do you want to be? Then figure out what you need. 

Otherwise, you may pay a whole lot of money for something that doesn’t work for you. 

Get good advice from a legitimate tax professional, not just a salesman who has something to sell. It may be what you need and it might not. 

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scamsconsumer-alerts