Uncle Sam has a total of $23 million waiting to be claimed by an estimated 23,000 Missourians who did not file a tax return in 2014.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay right away to avoid arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license.
Even people who don't fall victim to scammers sometimes make mistakes when filing their income taxes themselves, according to some certified public accountants in the Auburn-Opelika area.
The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2014 tax refund that their checks may be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2015 and 2016. After you have talked to the IRS and worked with them to clear up any issues with your tax return and refund, file an identity theft complaint with the FTC and a police report with your local police department.
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Tax scam calls have soared 1,218 percent since a year ago, inundating American taxpayers with often threatening calls in the name of the Internal Revenue Service. "Somebody can have your Social Security number and they could have been sitting on it for a while, and you would have no idea until they go and file a bogus tax return under your Social Security number". In Vermont, 27,000 people failed to file their return in 2014, leaving behind about $2 million. For 2014 tax returns, the window closes April 17, 2018.
If this notice applies to you, there a few things to consider. Trained specialists will help you sort out the mess, get your tax return filed properly, and receive any legitimate tax refund you are entitled to, as well as help you guard against becoming a victim again in the future. Also, if you owe money for child support or past due debts (like student loans) the IRS will take those fees out of your refund. Many low- and moderate-income workers may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In 2014 the tax credit was worth as much as $6,143, which you could claim if your income was below a certain threshold. Specifically, if the IRS has found an error on your return or requests more information from you.
According to the IRS, the new scam begins with cyber criminals stealing client data from tax professionals, then using that stolen data to file fraudulent tax returns in the victims' names. Use different passwords for each account.
Brittany is a reporter at Yahoo Finance.