In an rare non-tax related release, the Internal Revenue Service (the ‘Service’) is advising taxpayers to always write the whole year when dating legally significant signatures (i.e. checks, contracts, etc.) in 2020. According to the Service, writing in just the last two digits of the year–’20’–lets fraudsters change the date by placing numbers after the 20. For example, if someone wanted to make it look like a document you dated this year was dated in 2019, the fraudster would simply add 19 to the end of the abbreviated date. This may be hard to catch because the fraudster would not have to erase any of the original date to add these additional numbers. The Service gave several other examples to drive home the point.
If you think you are a victim of this, or any other kind of fraud, you should contact your bank and local Sheriff’s office immediately to reduce your potential damage. If you or your business is a Wegner Law PLLC client, you may of course contact us to help you with this process.