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IRS WARNS OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFUND HOAX
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers
not to fall victim to a scam offering them refunds of the
Social Security taxes they have paid during their lifetimes.
The victim pays a "paperwork" fee of $100, plus
a percentage of any refund received, to file a refund claim
with the IRS.
"This is nothing more than a hoax designed to fleece
the victims for the upfront fee," said Ted Brown, IRS
Assistant Commissioner for Criminal Investigation. "The
law does not allow such a refund of Social Security taxes
paid, and the IRS will contact taxpayers filing these claims."
The IRS processing centers are alert to this hoax and have
been stopping the false claims. The IRS has already blocked
nearly 1,100 refund claims totaling nearly $95 million.
Brown cautioned that during the tax filing season, some
people try to take advantage of innocent taxpayers by offering
questionable tax advice for an unusual fee. When a fee is
tied to a percentage of the refund, as in this scam, a taxpayer
will do well to question the whole affair.
I invite taxpayers who may have been the subject of this hoax
-- or who may have any related information that could help
us in this matter -- to call the IRS fraud hotline toll-free
at 1-800-829-0433," Brown said.
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