As Indiana residents are busy trying to get their paperwork in order to file income-tax forms by the Apr. 15 deadline, scammers are busy, too – trying to take their money. Now that it’s time to file income-tax forms again, people in Indiana and across the country are getting calls from scammers who pretend to be with the I-R-S. Mandla Moyo with A-A-R-P Indiana says many folks are intimidated when they hear from someone claiming to be from the federal government, and thieves know that. To file a tax return electronically, all someone needs is a name, date of birth and a Social Security number. Steve Vanderver heads up the A-A-R-P Foundation’s Tax Aide program in Indiana, which offers free tax-filing assistance. He encourages seniors to file regardless of whether they made any money during the year, as a precaution to help keep their Social Security number secure. He says the Tax Aide program has checks and balances in place to keep personal information safe. Vanderver says the Tax Aide assistance is open to any low- or middle-income person, not just seniors or A-A-R-P members.
April 9th, 2018|Local News|