It’s tax season; protect yourself from scammers

Now begins a peak time of the year for scammers.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Treasury warn residents, especially seniors, to be alert to tax scams this time of the year. Be hesitant to share personal information, officials warn.

“Taxpayers need to be extra alert for possible scams and schemes during this time of year and throughout the income tax filing season,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White.

White said employees in his department NEVER WILL:

∫ Initiate a phone call or email to ask for personal information.

∫ Call or email to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, Treasury will first send a bill through the U.S. mail to any taxpayer who owes taxes.

∫ Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

∫ Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

∫ Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Protect your privacy and your personal information this tax season.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)