How Early Can You File Your Taxes? Beware of Fake Benefits
There are a plethora of tax-related scams to avoid that we've been warning about every single year. However, this has a new twist and preys on naive people biting the bait. How does it work?
You receive a message that seems to be from your country's tax agency, whether that's IRS in USA, CRA in Canada, HMRC in Great Britain, ATO in Australia, etc.
This message could be a voicemail, text message or an email. It informs you the organization is offering a $50 reward for taxpayers who file their forms earlier than the usual deadline. "It will ease the pressure on our agency, thus ensuring all tax returns are done in a more timely fashion," they say.
Needless to say, the message doesn't come from the IRS, CRA, HMRC or ATO, but from criminals ready to skim your data. Scammers just steal personal information to commit identity theft. The number of victims this beginning of the year is quite alarming. But there is more.
Watch the video below to see the Top 4 scams to be aware of this year:
File Taxes Early Scam: How to Avoid
There is no such thing as a bonus for filing your taxes early. If you're still unsure, contact your tax agency directly at the number on their website. Always rely on professional accountants this time of the year and contact legitimate companies to prepare your papers.
File Taxes Early Scam: How to Report
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