IRS Warns on "Free File" Scam
A new tax scam on the Internet is luring taxpayers into filing tax information on a site masquerading as a member of the Free File Alliance. As a result, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers that the only place to access the Free File program is through the official IRS.gov Web Site. According to the IRS Announcement, these fraudulent web sites may accept tax information from taxpayers, then change the taxpayers' bank account numbers to their own before filing the return through a legitimate Free File partner. Taxpayers can avoid this problem by using the official Free File Site on IRS.gov. Seventy percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible to use the free electronic filing system.