Alabamians owed $18 million by IRS: Are you on the list?

Alabamians owed $18 million by IRS: Are you on the list?

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"Because of these successes, criminals are devising more creative ways to steal more in-depth personal information to impersonate taxpayers".

With tax-filing season now upon us, there's another kind of identity theft you should be watching out for: tax identity theft. Surprisingly, they still direct the refunds into the victim's own bank account. The IRS expects more than four out of five tax returns will be prepared electronically using tax software.

A report being released by WalletHub Tuesday shows IL residents pay the highest overall effective state and local tax rate in the country. "You only find out at the point where your legitimate return gets rejected". Overall, the number of identity-theft victims has fallen almost 65 percent between 2015 and 2017.

Tax Topic Number 161 - Returning an Erroneous Refund has full details about how to return the money, including the actual mailing addresses where a taxpayer should send a paper check, if necessary.

In a different scam, criminals are using imposter tax preparation sites and phone numbers to steal peoples' personal information.

Failing to file federal returns also varies greatly by state.

An employee at a collection agency stole the personal information of debtors and then sold it to professional identity thieves, who used it to file false returns seeking fraudulent refunds.

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In cases where a federal income tax return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a tax refund.

If this notice applies to you, there a few things to consider.

Be aware than an extension of time to file your tax return doesn't grant any extension of time to pay your taxes. Any of these scenarios is a strong indication that you may be the victim of tax identity theft. Don't reply to or click on any links in any kinds of messages like this; instead, forward the message to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov so they can investigate it further. And you should have your bank return the payment to the IRS and immediately take steps to secure your bank account.

Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the IRS.

After getting this fake refund, the victim will get a phone call from an Internal Revenue Service impersonator asking for the refund back, Reinen said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue on Monday urged taxpayers to take extra precautions to protect their computer systems and data after recent reports of several tax-related scams. Simply contact any one of the three major credit-reporting bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax or Experian) and they will alert the other two bureaus about your fraud alert.

"You can establish a SEP for 2017 in 2018, as long as you do it before your 2017 filing return deadline", Machen said. Do your best not to become a victim, and then act quickly to rectify the situation if you do.

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