As the annual American tax-filing deadline steadily approaches, our consumer rights lawyers want to warn people in Chicago and nationwide that tax-time presents a fresh opportunity for financial scammers.
According to the IRS, consumers need to know about these three tax-time frauds.
- Bad Tax Preparers: The government urges consumers to be wary when selecting someone to handle your tax returns. Dishonest or abusive tax preparers use such tactics to defraud consumers as falsifying government forms, including fraudulent deductions, or claiming nonexistent dependents.
- Fraudulent Tax Schemes: Scammers perpetuate these schemes by living abroad to evade paying taxes, setting up phony International Business Corporations (IMCs), or devising false billing records.
- Fraudulent Filings: Some cyber criminals capitalize on electronic communications to trick payroll and human resources officials into sending employee W-2s to improper recipients. The practice is sometimes referring to as “phishing” for personal records.
If you’re a Chicago-area resident who believes that you were victimized by a scammer who committed tax fraud in your name, stole your identity, or defrauded you out of money that you were owned, please contact one of our consumer protection lawyers at Markoff Leinberger. You can reach our Chicago attorneys online through this website or by calling 1 (888) 517-9115.