Your BBB® offers the following tips to stay safe from tax fraud in 2015.
This includes protecting yourself from electronic hoaxes, fake calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, and tax practitioners who guarantee refunds.
– Only work with someone who has an IRS preparer tax identification number. This number certifies the person is authorized to prepare federal tax returns.
– Don’t use someone who bases their fee on the size of your refund or does not ask to see your records or receipts.
– Be wary of anyone encouraging you to claim deductions or credits you are not entitled to.
– Never sign a blank or incomplete return and always have your refund sent directly to you or your bank account, not to your tax preparer’s bank account.
– The IRS cautions that if attempting to hide income or use false documentation, you could have to pay financial penalties or even face criminal prosecution.
For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/evansville.
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