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United States : Attorney General, Revenue Services and Consumer Protection Commissioners Warn Against Fraud, Identity Theft and Scams.

Attorney General William Tong, Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson, and Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull cautioned taxpayers to remain vigilant on multiple fronts about identity theft, unscrupulous preparers, and scams related to the filing of their tax returns. With changing technology, fraudsters and cybercriminals are deploying more sophisticated methods in hopes of confusing taxpayers, stealing their personal information, and taking their money.

However, taxpayers can take a number of commonsense steps to keep their identity and personal information safe. Free tax filing assistance is available from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Revenue Services (DRS), and community organizations. In addition, , as explained below, taxpayers should be aware of a provision in state law, effective January 1, 2019, that establishes qualifications for paid income tax preparers.

"Don't ever let a scammer cheat you out of your tax refund. The Department of Revenue Services and the Internal Revenue Service will never demand your personal information or threaten arrest on the phone or via email. If you receive a suspicious call, email, or text message regarding your taxes and you aren't sure what to do, my office is here to help," said Attorney General Tong.

"Filing your taxes as early as possible remains one of the best preventive measures against fraud, said Revenue Services Commissioner Jackson. If you prepare your own state tax return and even if you prepare your federal return using commercial software Connecticuts direct filing portal, the Taxpayer Service Center, is easy, secure, and free to use.

If you need support completing your tax return, always ensure that youre working with someone you can trust who has the credentials they say they have, said Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Seagull. If someone promises they can get you a refund much larger than you were expecting, remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If youve already filed your taxes, but are getting calls or communications from the DRS or IRS asking you for money hang up. Its a scam.

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Date:Apr 3, 2019
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