Tax Rebate Scam Comes Up Short
A company offering to provide a calculation of the federal income tax rebate for a nominal fee is the subject of a complaint filed by the U.S. Postal Service.
According to a report at the New York State Society of CPAs' Web site, the Postal Service is alleging federal mail fraud, which carries a fine of up to $1 million.
The Postal Service has discontinued mail service to the company's address in Florida and is seeking to attach the company's Massachusetts address in the complaint as well.
Information about the tax rebate amounts and the payment schedule is available for free from the IRS (not to mention from AccountingWEB).
In a scam described recently, someone is sending official-looking cards and letters to taxpayers implying that a fee is required in order for the rebate check to be processed.
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