Keep Your Restaurant Safe from Tax Scams
Although taxpayers are always susceptible to tax scams and schemes, this type of illegal activity seems to increase during tax filing season. During the next few weeks, make sure you are vigilant and avoid falling victim to what the IRS has deemed the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2015
- Phone scams
- Phishing Identity theft
- Return preparer fraud
- Offshore tax avoidance Inflated refund claims
- Fake charities
- Hiding income with fake documents
- Abusive tax shelters
- Falsifying income to claim credit
- Excessive claims for fuel tax credits
- Frivolous tax arguments
Phone scams particularly have becoming increasingly prevalent and more aggressive in recent months. Individuals claiming to be from the IRS are phoning people across the country to falsely inform them that they owe taxes and must make payment using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Those that refuse to pay are threatened with arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The IRS warns that these phone scammers are savvy, and may use common names or false IRS badge numbers. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security number or make caller ID appear as if the call is coming from an IRS office. Other times they may send false emails to you or have a fake caller purporting to be the police or the DMV place a second call to support their claim.
Also remember – the IRS never asks for personal information via email or social media. If you or someone at your restaurant receives a suspicious phishing email, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about tax scams or want to learn more about how to protect your restaurant business, contact a BDO restaurant professional.