FTB Warns of Tax Scams
With the April 15th tax filing deadline just around the corner, FTB is reminding preparers and taxpayers to take steps to protect themselves from scam artists seeking to steal refunds and identities. State Controller Betty T. Yee issued a reminder that scammers may impersonate IRS or FTB employees. Be suspicious of:
- Any phone call or email requesting passwords or information about credit cards and bank accounts. FTB and IRS agents never ask for these details.
- Threats to contact local police or other law enforcement if a tax debt is not paid.
- Demands for payment by third-party or pre-paid debit cards.
Sophisticated scammers have also been stealing personal data from tax preparers and businesses. Preparers and business owners who may have been targeted should contact FTB at 916-845-7088 and select option 1. Click here for more information.