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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bob Dittmer, APR
(317) 234-3793

Indiana Tax Tips March 23, 2012

Indianapolis (March. 23, 2012) -- Here are a few tips you can share with your readers/viewers/listeners:

  1. Beware!

    There are new scams this year looking to take advantage of you. Unscrupulous tax preparers are promising large refunds and getting taxpayers to pay for the service upfront. By the time the return is processed and the large refund is denied, the tax preparer has disappeared with your money! The scam has been heavily targeting elderly taxpayers, low-income taxpayers and church groups.

    To avoid becoming ensnared in this scheme, taxpayers should beware of any of the following:
  1. Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on false statements of entitlement to tax credits.
  2. Unfamiliar for-profit tax services selling refund and credit schemes to the membership of local churches.
  3. Internet solicitations that direct individuals to toll-free numbers and then solicit Social Security numbers.
  4. Homemade flyers and brochures implying credits or refunds are available without proof of eligibility.
  5. Offers of free money with no documentation required.
  6. Promises of refunds for “Low Income – No Documents Tax Returns.”
  7. Claims for the expired Economic Recovery Credit Program or for economic stimulus payments. 
  8. Unsolicited offers to prepare a return and split the refund. 
  9. Unfamiliar return preparation firms soliciting business from cities outside of the normal business or commuting area.

Remember, YOU are responsible for what is on your tax forms. Make sure they’re accurate, and don’t get tricked by one of these schemes. The easiest rule to remember is: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  1. Remember this year the filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  2. Looking to file electronically? You should! Everything happens faster – including refunds. Consider INfreeflile by visiting http://www.freefile.dor.in.gov/ to see if you qualify to file online for free using professional software. Nearly a million Hoosier taxpayers qualify.

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