Posted by: Garcia & Cuadra, PA | November 27, 2017

Enrolled Agents: Two Tips for Avoiding Tax Fraud

Enrolled Agents | Tampa | Garcia & Cuadra, P.A.

Tax matters require a lot of sensitive, personal information such as Social Security Numbers and bank account numbers. Unfortunately, criminals see this as an excellent opportunity to scam people. They pose IRS employees to trick people out of their information. Working with an Enrolled Agents in Tampa can help you avoid potential scams and keep your personal information safe.

1. Work with Enrolled Agents

By working with tax professionals in Tampa, you can reduce your risk of tax fraud. Enrolled Agents have authorization from the IRS to represent taxpayers. They undergo extensive education and must keep up their training and recertification. Enrolled Agents are trained to understand how to protect sensitive information and ensure that documents and personal data are kept secure and away from potential hackers.

2. Beware of Suspicious Emails

Phishing is one of the most common sources of identity theft. Sending emails under the guise of tax-related matters has made the IRS’s list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams to watch out for. If you are working with Enrolled Agents in Tampa on your finances, call them if you receive any emails from them that look out of place. Do not click on any links in an email until you are certain that they are from a trusted sender. Hover over a link to see the URL and make sure that it is sending you to a safe webpage. For example, if you hover over a link for IRS.gov, but the URL that pops up does not go to that domain, do not click it.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Also be cautious of phone calls and voicemails from the IRS. Plenty of criminals use phone calls and emails to gather sensitive data from unsuspecting taxpayers. The IRS will never initiate contact with you via email, text, or social media. If you come across something suspicious, report it to the IRS. If you want to make sure that whoever calls you is really with the IRS, ask for their name, badge number, and a call-back number. Then, call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 and provide them with the information.

Choose Garcia and Cuadra for Enrolled Agents You Can Trust

If you are looking to utilize the services of Enrolled Agents in the Tampa Bay area, trust the professionals at Garcia and Cuadra. Our firm has been helping individuals and businesses with their tax matters since 1980. We can help with bookkeeping, financial planning, budgeting, payroll services, financial statement preparation, and more. Call us today at 813-415-2431 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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