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By: Rony 2018-08-01 15:41:04 Comment: Rating:

Top 12 IRS Scams, the Dirty Dozen.

Each year, the IRS releases the top 12 scams, known as the Dirty Dozen. The schemes range from simple refund inflation to technical tax shelter deals.

Remember, the IRS will not call and demand money unless they have already contacted you by mail with several mailings, including certified mail. If you receive a call requesting you to pay immediately, hang up.

Here’s a review of this year’s Dirty Dozen:

1.Phishing: Taxpayers should watch for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

2.Phone Scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers.

3.Identity Theft: Taxpayers should be alert to tactics aimed at stealing their identities.

4.Return Preparer Fraud: Most tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service. However, there are some dishonest preparers who scam clients.

5.Fake Charities: Groups masquerading as charitable organizations solicit donations from unsuspecting contributors.

6.Inflated Refund Claims: Taxpayers should be wary of anyone promising inflated tax refunds.

7.Excessive Claims for Business Credits: Taxpayers should avoid improperly claiming the fuel tax credit.

8.Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns: Taxpayers should avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on their tax returns.

9.Falsifying Income to Claim Credits: Con artists may convince taxpayers to invent income to erroneously qualify for tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

10.Frivolous Tax Arguments: Some taxpayers use frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying tax.

11.Abusive Tax Shelters: Taxpayers who use abusive tax structures do so to avoid paying taxes.

12.Offshore Tax Avoidance: It’s a bad bet to hide money and income offshore.

  • DOT   2018-08-06 11:46:43
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    They are claiming to be from the IRS

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    2018-08-18 14:23:20
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    2018-08-18 13:53:31
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    told me they were the IRS in a message and was going to put a leine on property. So I called them back, it was some middle eastern man and when I question him he threatened me and said he was coming to my house. I have called spectrum his service provoder and mine and I am contacting the FBI scam alert.

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    2018-08-18 13:49:40
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