Tax Expert and Advisor Barry G. Fowler, Cautions Alerts Readers To Latest Unexpected Tax Refund Scam
Barry G. Fowler, EA, leading expert in tax resolution issues and CEO of Taxation Solutions talks about new tax refund scam warning IRS says is growing quickly and tells readers what they can do if they become a victim.
Houston, TX – March 1, 2018 – Barry G. Fowler, CEO of Taxation Solutions, posted a new article on his website entitled “An Unexpected Refund From The IRS Spells S-C-A-M.” Mr. Fowler helps the IRS in alerting readers to another scam that criminals perpetrating on taxpayers.
Fowler writes, “If you happen to notice an automatic deposit made in your bank account from the IRS or you get a refund check in the mail that you weren’t expecting, you are likely the victim of the latest tax scam.” He continues elaborating, “On February 13th, the IRS released a warning to alert taxpayers to a fast growing new scam that uses stolen taxpayer’s information to fraudulently file taxes then deposit refunds into real bank accounts.”
According to Fowler, “The IRS makes it clear that the criminals use a variety of tactics to get the fraudulent refund from the taxpayers. And, as the IRS points out the tactics are probably evolving, so you’ll want to stay alert.”
“In one version of the scam,” Fowler reports, “criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency.”
“In another version,” Fowler states, “the taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.”
Fowler warns, “Don’t fall for it. There are legal ways to correct the situation.” He adds, “If you have been the recipient of an automatic deposit or a check, you will have to return the money to the IRS or risk owing the amount plus interest which grows on a daily basis.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.taxationsolutions.net/an-unexpected-refund-from-the-irs-spells-s-c-a-m/
About Barry G. Fowler, EA
Barry G. Fowler founded Taxation Solutions out of a genuine concern for the IRS issues his clients face, many of whom are self-employed, contract employees, or entrepreneurs. For his contributions to his profession and expertise in tax resolution and financial planning, Fowler has been featured as one of America’s Trendsetters on CBS and Yahoo, and as a Premier Expert in Inc. Magazine. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people resolve complex tax issues with the IRS.
Fowler is licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, and is a longstanding member of several tax industry professional organizations: NAEA, NATP, TSEA, ASTP