IRS says scammers targeting elderly - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

IRS says scammers targeting elderly

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is warning citizens, especially the elderly about a new tax scam that focuses on the Telephone Excise Tax refund.

Most taxpayer were allowed to request the refund on their 2006 tax returns. Apparently, some unscrupulous tax preparers advised clients to file tax returns requesting larger refunds than they were entitled to receive - sometimes hundreds of dollars more.

Then, according to the IRS, well meaning individuals made the problem worse by passing along the bad advice to friends and neighbors.

Earlier this month, the IRS alerted taxpayers in Louisiana and Mississippi to the scheme, which now appears to be spreading into Alabama.

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