It's tax season, which means it's prime time for fraud. The
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that though tax scams occur
throughout the year, such activity increases during tax filing
To help raise awareness of the problem, the agency has issued
its Dirty Dozen list of tax scams.
The list includes the following: identity theft, phishing,
return preparer fraud, hiding income offshore, claims of "free
money" from the IRS and Social Security Administration, false
and/or inflated income and expenses, false 1099 tax return claims,
frivolous arguments, false claims of zero wages, abuse of
charitable organizations and deductions, disguised corporate
ownership and misuse of trusts.
Although many of these scams involve people illegally obtaining
funds from the government, some involve bilking taxpayers directly.
If you believe your personal information has been stolen and used
for tax purposes, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized
Unit at (800) 908-4490. For more information, visit the special
identity theft page at
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