Don’t Get Hit by the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

It's tax season in the U.S. and that translates to scammer season in Internal Revenue Service terms. The IRS just released its 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a clear warning about aggressive telephone scams, phishing, identity theft and other dangers.

"We are doing everything we can to help taxpayers avoid scams as the tax season continues," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Whether it's a phone scam or scheme to steal a taxpayer's identity, there are simple steps to take to help stop these con artists. We urge taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for more information and to be wary of these dozen tax scams."

1. Phone Scams

The IRS is warning of "aggressive and threatening" phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents being reported daily. Scammers are threatening police arrest, deportation, license revocation, among other things. Don't fall for it.

2. Phishing

Taxpayers need to be on guard against fake e-mails or Web sites looking to steal personal information, the IRS warned. The federal agency made it crystal clear that IRS agents will not send e-mails about bills or refunds out of nowhere.

"Don't click on one claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise," the IRS warns. "Taxpayers should be wary of clicking on strange e-mails and Web sites. They may be scams to steal your personal information."

3. Identity Theft

According to the IRS, taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft more than ever around tax time. The agency vowed to keep aggressively pursuing criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else's Social Security number, but warned taxpayers to be vigilant nonetheless.

4. Return Preparer Fraud

"Taxpayers need to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest high-quality service," the IRS said. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each...

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Don’t Get Hit by the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

It's tax season in the U.S. and that translates to scammer season in Internal Revenue Service terms. The IRS just released its 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams with a clear warning about aggressive telephone scams, phishing, identity theft and other dangers.

"We are doing everything we can to help taxpayers avoid scams as the tax season continues," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Whether it's a phone scam or scheme to steal a taxpayer's identity, there are simple steps to take to help stop these con artists. We urge taxpayers to visit IRS.gov for more information and to be wary of these dozen tax scams."

1. Phone Scams

The IRS is warning of "aggressive and threatening" phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents being reported daily. Scammers are threatening police arrest, deportation, license revocation, among other things. Don't fall for it.

2. Phishing

Taxpayers need to be on guard against fake e-mails or Web sites looking to steal personal information, the IRS warned. The federal agency made it crystal clear that IRS agents will not send e-mails about bills or refunds out of nowhere.

"Don't click on one claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise," the IRS warns. "Taxpayers should be wary of clicking on strange e-mails and Web sites. They may be scams to steal your personal information."

3. Identity Theft

According to the IRS, taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft more than ever around tax time. The agency vowed to keep aggressively pursuing criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else's Social Security number, but warned taxpayers to be vigilant nonetheless.

4. Return Preparer Fraud

"Taxpayers need to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest high-quality service," the IRS said. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each...

Comments are closed.