|Tax-related scams and identity theft remain a serious issue all across the United States, so the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) reminds taxpayers to remain vigilant in protecting their private information from scam artists wanting to steal their identities for fraudulent refunds during this tax filing season.
The Department of Revenue, which has an advanced fraud prevention system in place and continues to adapt and introduce new counter measures, advises people to be on the lookout at home and at work for criminals using phishing schemes, fraudulent phone marketing calls and online cons.
ADOR reminds taxpayers the Department will never:
The Arizona Department of Revenue reports one scam that continues to surface is the W2 scam, which involves a phishing email sent to someone in a company’s human resources or payroll office. The email appears to be from an executive of that business and asks for confidential payroll information to be emailed immediately. The Department advises companies and their staff to never respond to the email, and instead connect with the person whose name is on the email by phone or in person to confirm its authenticity.
Tips for preparing your return:
Arizonans with tax-related ID theft questions should contact the Department of Revenue’s Identity Theft Call Center, Local: (602) 716-6300, Toll free: (800) 352-4090 or www.azdor.gov/identitytheft.aspx, the Internal Revenue Service, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).