Commentary

MILAM COUNTY T.R.I.A.D.

The IRS will never call or e-mail you
Ted Hubert

I n 2011, the IRS investigated 296 cases for Identity theft. In 2012 the number jumped to 898. Last year there were 1,492.

The IRS speaks to four ways outlaws try to steal your money after you have filed the return, telephone, computer, rogue tax preparers, and data breach.

A scammer calls, posing as an IRS official, saying you must send money to avoid penalties and interest.

The IRS has the reputation for successfully getting money owed.

Scammers know this fact and this is why it is used. When you receive such a call, hang up. The IRS does not use the telephone to contact taxpayers about issues in their returns. Most are sent through the postal service

It is estimated that over $1 million dollars was lost through the telephone scam. The agency calls this one of the worse scams of this kind.

The IRS does not use a computer to let you know of problems, either. Delete any e-mail proclaiming it is from the IRS.

If for some reason you are in doubt, call the IRS office nearest you.

It shouldn’t be necessary to warn anyone of the dangers connected with e-mails asking for personal data.

Many workers have access to our personal data. It is very difficult to pledge absolute protection against fraud with our records in hospitals, doctor offices, police departments, schools and other places where the data is essential for service.

People who prepare tax returns are able to take personal data from the records submitted by their clients.

It is important to know the company doing this work for you. This is less of a problem for Milam County residents.

Those filing returns with people and unfamiliar companies should examine their personal accounts for any activity they did not authorize.

EXPO—Next planning session for the Milam County Senior Expo is 9 a.m. April 23 at the New Salem building in Rockdale’s Fair Park. tedh@myalpha1.net


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