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In recent years the Internal Revenue Service of the Federal Government has placed increased scrutiny through their enforced compliance policies. The intent is to detect tax fraud, tax credit fraud, and tax evasion made by inaccuracies in tax documents filed by individuals, as well as small businesses.

Some people who prepare their own taxes choose to use an online tax preparation software that can at times feel confusing. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, you might still be concerned about an unknown discrepancy.

This has also drawn the attention of many disreputable entities that seek to capture people’s private information for identity theft, and other information related forms of fraud. These individuals often use authoritative language and veiled threats to convince you that they are from the IRS.

It’s important to note that the IRS never contacts people via phone or email. They also start the correspondence process by sending an official letter, which includes their contact information. So you can be assured that any other form of communication claiming to be the IRS is indeed someone attempting to commit identity theft.

If you are in need of professional tax planning and preparation services for the 2017 fiscal year, the Larson & Company office nearest you is ready to serve you.