Washington D.C. - The IRS warned that a new Internet spam-scam,
which promises bigger tax refunds and less work by using pre-filled
tax forms, is not legitimate, and could land tax filers in jail.
Director of IRS Press Relations, Rudy Kapnick, said, "As we
near the crunch of tax day many people start to feel the pressure,
and these e-mail messages promising a way out become much more attractive.
Sure they'll cut down on your work, but most of the time these pre-filled
forms are obvious frauds. Unless you honestly have $500 million in
mortgage interest deductions and only $10 in income then you'll be
headed to Leavenworth."
Many people are unaware that the forms are illegal: "It was
awesome. I got like this $15,000 deduction for mortgage interest.
I don't even own a house," laughed one victim of the scam.
"I was a bit suspicious," said Heather Bopark who was
also duped, "but they sent me a 1040 free of charge. It looked
good enough for government work to me, so I mailed that puppy."
Kapnick released one of the sample e-mail messages so citizens can
be on the lookout:
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 2:31 PM
To: Everyone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
already got your taxes done!!!!!!!
That's right! NO
messy paper work, NO
receipts to save, NOTHING! We guarantee that if
we don't triple your refund from
last year then you'll get your money back.
be fooled by other pre-filled form "specialists." We
don't use last year's tax forms like the other guys. We take
the time to get to know you. Every pre-filled tax form is
completely customized to your personal needs based on 3 easy-to-answer
- What is your name
- What is your social
- What is the amount
of refund you got last year times three?
Personal and corporate
Listen to these endorsements
from our happy customers:
I had to pay $500 on tax day, now I'm getting $35,000 back!!!!!!
I love the pre-filled tax forms!!!!!!!!!!"
"I spent $30
for the pre-filled forms, and got $1200 back on my taxes.
That's an investment I'm willing to make."
$30. Call 1-800-TAX-FORM, now!
The first 500 people
to order their pre-filled tax forms get a Get Out Of Jail Free
tax forms are not endorsed by the IRS. PFTF2000 Inc. has no affiliation
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The IRS also cautioned against pre-filled forms that many students
are downloading off of file sharing networks like Kazaa, but many
students are ignoring the warnings. "Dude, I just downloaded
a ton of tax forms ," said Kyle Grenshaw at Duke University. "I'm
not going to have to do my taxes for the next 50 years. Screw the
Kapnick stressed that while filling out the forms may be tedious
and boring there are legal alternatives to pre-filled forms that
can save you time and money. "I use the Psychic Tax Hotline
where Lady Veronica reads my mind and fills out the forms for me
at only $3.95/minute. That's cheaper than that CPA I used to use,
and I just have to think about my receipts not actually find them."
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