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Important Tax Fraud Alert

February 22, 2018

Just days into the start of the 2018 filing season, the IRS identified a new scam in which cybercriminals have stolen client data from tax professionals and filed fraudulent refunds using your real information, including bank account and routing information for direct deposit. 


The fraudster then contacts you, posing as an employee of a debt collection agency working on behalf of the IRS. They will then ask you to take certain steps to return the refund, but actually the refund goes to the criminals. 


If you become a victim, please contact us or your other bank/financial institution where the direct deposit was received and have the refund returned to the IRS. The IRS also asks you to call the agency toll-free at (800) 829-1040 (individual) or (800) 829-4933 (business) to explain why the direct deposit is being returned. 


For more information on this, please follow the link below.

Tax Topic Number: 161 - Returning an Erroneous Refund