Taxpayers: Be Warned Of 2014's Top IRS Scams

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is advising taxpayers to be aware of IRS scams in this year's tax season.

Reports say that $1 million has been stolen from taxpayers in the largest IRS phone scam ever.

The top three scams in 2014 are identity theft, telephone scams, and phishing. Each of these relate to stealing a taxpayer's identity information, personal information, and financial account information through dumpster diving, pretending to be an IRS employee through threatening emails or telephone calls, and various other means.

Jackson Hewitt tax preparers are available and ready to assist with questions about scams or file returns.

Important details for taxpayers to know about the scam:

-Current crime is biggest IRS has seen in years.
-IRS employees do not call and threaten to take your license away, put you in jail, or deport you for not making a tax payment. If there is an issue, you will receive a paper letter in the mail.
-They also do not send emails requesting payment information via your financial account or credit card.
-If you do receive one of these calls, make sure you get the contact information, including name, phone number, and badge number of the caller. Then contact the IRS at 800-829-1040.
-If you suspect your personal information has been stolen or compromised, call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490 or complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, and report the theft to the IRS.