| February 10, 2016

Death and taxes – and tax fraud

Unfortunately, these three things are certain in life.

Good news about tax fraud: It’s just as rampant as it’s always been, but at least more Americans are aware of it.

 

With tax season looming, tax fraud is about to repeat its annual scourge. Experian, one of the Big Three credit bureaus, polled taxpayers and learned that 76 percent are now aware of these scams – a huge improvement from only two years ago, when 57 percent had heard about them.

These scams encompass all kinds of technology…

  • Online: If thieves have already stolen your identity, they can actually file your tax return for you – not to be helpful, but to get your tax refund sent right to them.
  • Phone: This time of year, scammers call taxpayers and pretend to be from the IRS. They ask for your Social Security number and sometime even your bank account information. (The IRS only contacts you through the Post Office.)
  • In person: Shady tax preparers look you straight in the eye and steal your personal information – which is why you should never hire tax preparer who doesn’t have a long-standing reputation as excellent and ethical.

Knowledge is power, right? It would follow that this awareness will mean less tax fraud. Experian isn’t so confident…

Even though the concern over tax fraud has grown significantly, a majority of survey respondents aren’t planning to take the IRS recommended steps to protect themselves. Only 12 percent are planning to check their credit report [and] a mere 6 percent will file their taxes on a computer with up-to-date antivirus software.

That’s worrisome, because guarding against tax fraud is easy. Consolidated Credit shows you how in 4 ways to stay safe.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

"We are really proud to recommend Consolidated Credit" Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with the United Way as a United Way Chairman’s Circle Organization.

All Consolidated Credit counselors are certified personal financial counselors (CFC) We've helped 5 million people get out of debt! Call us today and see what we can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is honored to receive the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Nonprofit Organization of the Year award. The EIFLE awards acknowledge innovation, dedication and the commitment of organizations that support financial literacy education worldwide. See what Consolidated Credit can do for you.

The National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling are a set of guidelines for quality homeownership and counseling services. Industry professionals who adopt these standards can be trusted to provide consistent, high quality advice.
Click here to learn more.

Consolidated Credit Consulting Services, Inc. has been verified as the owner or operator of the Web site located at www.consolidatedcredit.org. Official records confirm Consolidated Credit Consulting Services, Inc. as a valid business. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

Consolidated Credit is a Certified ISO 9001 company, as verified through Bureau Veritas Certification.

Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

View the Consolidatedcredit.org review status

Time tested and customer trusted. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services has been a BBB Accredited Business since 1998 and has a current A+ rating. Call us today and see what we can do for you.

View the Consolidatedcredit.org review status

Consolidated Credit is proud to be an ANAB accredited member. Accreditation by a recognized and respected body such as ANAB ensures the impartiality and competence of our company. To see what we can do for you, give us a call.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Consolidated Credit is proud to be a member of HUD and also part of the Hope Now Alliance.

You can save!

With this amount of debt, you'd pay around $xx.xx on a DMP.

FREE Debt Consultation