The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up issuing its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. We want to remind taxpayers to remain vigilant to these often aggressive and evolving schemes throughout the year.
This year’s “Dirty Dozen” list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers may encounter at any time, although many may peak during tax-filing season. The schemes run the gamut from simple refund inflation scams, fake IRS collection calls to complex tax shelter deals. A common theme throughout all: These scams put all taxpayers at risk.
Here’s the Recap of This Year’s “Dirty Dozen” Scams:
Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS. Be wary of emails and websites that may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information. (IR-2019-26)
Phone Scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. […]