HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Kayla Yamamoto
Sen. Mazie Hirono was joined this Saturday by IRS and AARP advocates to inform Hawaii seniors of tax fraud and tax-related scams.
With the federal tax return filing deadline approaching on April 18, Hirono -- along with representatives from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and the AARP Foundation Tax Aide program -- conducted a press conference to address the issue of tax fraud.
"Scam artists and predators are clever in their attempts to swindle taxpayers out of their refunds. Kupuna and their families need to remain vigilant and protect themselves as we approach the tax filing deadline," Hirono said.
"Seniors deserve better in their golden years than to become victims of scammers. If you suspect that you or a loved one is being scammed, contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network to report suspicious activity, receive updates on the latest scams or talk to a live person for assistance," added Barbara Kim Stanton, state director of AARP Hawaii.
The meeting provided information and tips aiming to educate taxpayers on how to better protect themselves and their family from potential tax scams. The IRS also released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2016, which can help educate taxpayers on common threats to lookout for.