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Along with trying to scam the public in the nation’s reigning top ruse — phony phone calls threatening arrest, deportation or seizure of property unless immediate payment is made for alleged back taxes — IRS impostors are also breaking records on another fraudulent front this tax season. Bogus emails and text messages that phish for sensitive information or deliver computer malware have increased fourfold so far this year, reports the Internal Revenue Service. Designed to look like they’re from the IRS or another legitimate entity, these emails seek information that could be used for identity theft or to file false returns for fraudulent refunds.
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A month-long window of opportunity has opened up for scammers, and its timing is crucial for honest taxpayers. Here’s why:
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Happy New Year! Start 2016 on the right foot, with these simple steps to reduce your risk of scams:
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The recently installed head of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, dropped in on members of the media the other day at the National Press Club in Washington.
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No, it's not opposite day. The IRS really does owe almost 1 million taxpayers like you nearly $760 million in refunds - or a median $571 for about half of those owed money.
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The following is a guest post by Jim Young.
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