How to identify IRS scammers

COMMENTARY /// Financial safety

 As a former IRS agent and CPA for over 45 years, I’ve experienced almost every tax situation you could imagine.
But there is a new twist tied to an old scam aimed at international taxpayers and nonresident aliens. In this scam, criminals use a fake IRS form W-8BEN to solicit detailed personal identification and bank account information from victims.
Here’s how the scam works. Criminals mail or fax a letter indicating that although individuals are exempt from withholding and reporting incom...

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