Public Affairs Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 16, 2012
SC Department of Revenue advises against tax scams
Columbia, SC --- During the individual income tax filing season, there is often an increase in tax-related scams.
The SC Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to be aware of fraudulent phone calls, text messages, emails or other forms of communication that may ask for personal identifying information such as birth date, social security numbers, address, mother’s maiden name, driver’s license number or other private information.
The SC Department of Revenue typically contacts taxpayers via standard mail and then a phone call for follow up when requested. Occasionally communication will be made by email if an employee is responding to a taxpayer’s inquiry. If a taxpayer contacts DOR, an employee may then ask for personal information in order to access their files.
Taxpayers should be cautious during this tax season of persons contacting them to offer tax advice or help with filing their taxes.
Individuals with concerns can contact the SC Department of Revenue directly at (803) 898-5000 or visit www.sctax.org.