Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime, but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Here are six of the regularly occurring scams that continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season. Don’t fall prey.
- Falsely Inflating Refund Claims – The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds.
- Fake Charities – The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors.
- Tax Return Preparer Fraud; Choose Reputable Return Preparers — The IRS warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.
- Identity Theft – The IRS issued a filing season alert, warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time, and highlighted the crime as a recurring scam.
- Phone Scams a Serious Threat – Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers.
- Phishing Schemes Lead the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.
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