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Cuomo administration warns of tax scams, launches new website
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a warning last week cautioning New Yorkers about scams this tax season. Over the past several weeks, taxpayers and tax preparers have received calls from scammers claiming to be from the U.S. and New York Treasury departments, Cuomo said. To help consumers combat and report suspected fraud, the state launched a new fraud, scams and identity theft web page.
“New Yorkers need to remain vigilant, be skeptical of anyone seeking to solicit personal information, and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities,” Cuomo said in a news release.
Cuomo urged taxpayers to be wary of three new scams emerging early in the tax season:
- scammers posing as state or U.S. Treasury representatives;
- untrustworthy tax preparers who tell uninsured individuals to pay the Affordable Care Act penalties directly to them;
- and scammers targeting tax preparers by pretending to be from the IRS in hopes of gaining usernames and passwords to taxpayer accounts.
Cuomo reminded New Yorkers not to be threatened into providing personal information or paying a debt over the phone or in-person, explaining that state and federal agencies will always send letters to individuals before following up with a phone call.
Fraud victims, individuals contacted by someone attempting a scam and taxpayers who believe a tax preparer is engaging in illegal activities should report the incidents on the Department of Taxation and Finance website.