R. Daniel McNeely, CPA - Certified Public Accountant, Roswell, GA
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Tax scam alert

TAX SCAM ALERTS:
PHONE CALLS TELLING YOU THAT THE IRS IS AFTER YOU, OR YOU OWE MONEY, OR THAT YOU WILL GET ARRESTED IF YOU DON’T PAY
A lot of folks have received phone calls from numbers that
sometimes show “ UNKNOWN” , “PRIVATE”, “WASHINGTON, DC”
or just unfamiliar phone numbers. Sometimes a recording states that you owe a sum of money and that you need to call to make arrangements or you will be ARRESTED.
Please know this is a total SCAM. Our IRS is difficult at times, but
they do not operate that way with their collections and this is a
total 100% fake call. Try not to answer and for sure do not call their
number back. They are very intimidating but just randomly called
you using telemarketing tactics.
IDENTITY THEFT ISSUES
If we file your return and then receive a message stating that a prior
return has been filed, it could mean someone compromised your Social
Security number, filed a fake return before you did, and tried to fool
the IRS into giving them fake refunds. Eventually, we can clear it up,
and although it usually does not affect your overall credit (opening fake accounts, taking over your identity, etc.) it may take 6 to 9 months
to correct the filing so you can receive your actual and proper refund.
PLEASE DON’T BE TRICKED INTO GIVING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY
NUMBER OR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER TO UNFAMILIAR PEOPLE OR COMPANIES. REMEMBER,  BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENING EMAILS
THAT ASK FOR THAT INFORMATION AS MANY EMAILS ARE “FAKE”

BUT LOOK LIKE THEY ORIGINATED FROM THE ACTUAL COMPANY