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IRS Warns That Internet Scam Artists Are Using Its Free File Tax Program

By kml     Apr 15, 2007 in World
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday warned of Internet scam artists trying to obtain people's bank account numbers and other information.
They are able to do this by posing as a participant in a program offering free tax preparation software to low- and middle-income taxpayers.
http://www.irs.gov/, is the only IRS's website, where tax agency can access the Free File program.
"The final days of the tax season always bring tax scams," IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement. "Make sure you're really dealing with the IRS. Taxpayers can feel safe using Free File, but the only way to do it is through the secure IRS.gov Web site."
The bogus web sites are accepting information from the tax payers and changing their bank account numbers and are filing the return through a legitimate Free File partner
They are 136 million tax payers in which only 95 million are qualified for the program debuted in 2003.
Officials of IRS agency said they would identify the taxpayers affected by the scam and would try to make sure they receive their refunds.
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