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October 21, 2015 20:04 ET

Vancouver US Tax Accountant Posts New Warning About Fraud by IRS Imposters

Vancouver Us Tax Accountant Warns Citizens to Be Wary of Fraud Perpetuated by Tax Scammers Posing as the IRS

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - October 21, 2015) - US Tax Professionals, a Vancouver based firm that specializes in cross border taxation, has issued a warning for people to protect themselves against tax scams. Fraudsters are now using aggressive and sophisticated tactics to scare people into making false tax payments. Read more at http://www.us-taxprofessionals.com/wordpress/

"Both the IRS and Revenue Canada advise you to stay alert to protect yourself against the new ways criminals pose as officials to trick you out of your money or personal information," states the blog.

These scams first targeted older citizens and newly arrived immigrants who speak English as a second language. The crooks have now expanded their net, trying to swindle virtually anyone. The article offers several tips to avoid being defrauded.

For example, many of these scams use intimidation to prompt people into making rush payments. They often threaten arrest or deportation, or that they will revoke your license without payment. They may leave urgent callback requests, sometimes through robo-calls, via phone or email. The emails will often contain a fake document with a phone number or an email address for reply.

Scammers may use fake identification or badge numbers to pose as the IRS, send emails with official looking letterheads, or even send regular snail mail in an effort to appear legitimate.

Remember, real tax representatives will never demand immediate payment, accept payment with a gift card or prepaid card, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. They will not threaten to involve the police or other agencies if payment is refused.

"If you suspect you are being defrauded, hang up immediately. Do not provide any personal or payment information to the caller. Contact the IRS or Revenue Canada to double-check if there are any outstanding amounts."

About the Company

US Tax Professionals provide tax services for dual American and Canadian citizens in Vancouver. Founded in 2013, they specialize in taxation for US Citizens and expats, taxation and accounting for business, cross border taxation for US and Canadian citizens, and accounting and taxation of alternative investments, including private equity funds and hedge funds.

For more information visit http://www.us-taxprofessionals.com/ or call 778-873-4812.

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