What is Tax Fraud?
Tax season is a prime time for criminals. Criminals can file fraudulent tax returns in your name—and steal your tax refund. They may attempt identity theft through emails claiming false problems with your return or tax documents.
A number of email tax fraud messages claiming to be from U-M administrative units or the IRS itself have been reported at U-M. They tell people to update or validate information using fake U-M login pages, or on a Google form that asks for personal information such as birthdate, Social Security number, and more. Do not provide this information.
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
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Examples of the fraudulent messages:
- 01/20/2017 Phishing Message - Tax fraud phish with fake U-M login page.
- 01/19/2017 Phishing Message - W2 and tax fraud phish with fake U-M login page.
See the most recent Phishing Alerts.
People across the country have been receiving phone calls from con artists claiming to be from the IRS. They often threaten tax-related legal action and demand payment. Do not provide information or money.
Note that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
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Preventing Tax Fraud
File your taxes as soon as possible. This prevents criminals from filing under your name, and will get you your tax refund (if you are eligible for one) faster.
Know your tax filing merchants.
Be suspicious of ads for tax filing services that promise you large or expedited tax refunds. These ads are often scams to steal your personal information.
If You Get Caught by a Tax Scam
Complete and submit IRS Form 14039.
Alert the appropriate state tax organization.
In Michigan, contact the Michigan Department of Treasury.
- Call: (517) 636-4486
- Email: Treasury-ReportIDTheft@michigan.gov
- Send mail to:
Identify Theft Unit
Income Tax Division
P.O. Box 30477
Lansing, MI 48909