With another tax-filing season, the ISMA reminds you to be alert for fraud and to contact the ISMA for assistance if you have been victimized by a tax scheme. Last year, scammers filed fraudulent federal and state income tax returns using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
Some members first became aware of the problem when they received a letter from the IRS advising them of possible fraud; others received rejection notices when attempting to electronically file their taxes. The notice indicated the electronic filing could not be accepted because a return had already been filed under that Social Security number.
The ISMA helped physicians, offering steps to take and providing appropriate contact information. Our legal staff also maintained communication with federal and state authorities to follow and encourage investigations into the matter.