News Release: Quincy Police Department
Income tax season is upon the nation and the Quincy Police Department wants to be the first agency in our region to remind citizens to be aware of potential fraudsters and be vigilant at recognizing the signs of illegal tax preparation businesses.
Each year hundreds of citizens in our region will become victims of “stolen identity tax refund schemes”. The scheme works when honest citizens have their identities and personal information stolen and then used by criminals to file fraudulent tax returns and illegally pocket the refunds which they are not entitled to. Then, when the real person goes to have their taxes done they are alerted by the IRS that someone has already filed a return using their personal data.
According to Asst. Chief Glenn Sapp, “these types of schemes have been around for years and the Quincy Police will be working hard to identify the culprits and dismantle their criminal enterprises”. The QPD will be working with the US Postal Inspection Service and the IRS-Criminal Investigation Units as they have in past years.
One of the most important tips QPD can offer citizens is to “protect not only your identity but the identities of your children as well”. Requests for sensitive data such as social security numbers, dates of birth and addresses are red flags that should alert citizens to possible criminal activity. The second tip we can offer is to only have your taxes prepared by reputable businesses that are licensed to do taxes. If the guy wanting to do your taxes was a plumber last week that might be a clue to find another tax preparer.
Anyone with information about illegal tax preparers or fraud can contact the Quincy Police Department at (850) 627-7111.