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  • IRS Issues “Dirty Dozen” Warning

    Thursday 28th of March 2013 11:32:18 AM

    Recently the Internal Revenue Service issued a warning to the public about the several different ways that tax payers are being scammed! The IRS is calling the list the “Dirty Dozen.” This list was formulated to remind tax payers that caution should be used to protect themselves from schemes that may result in identity theft or tax fraud.

    Every year the IRS issues the “Dirty Dozen” of widespread scams that US tax payers may stumble upon not just during filing season but also throughout the year. Although, most schemes climax during tax filing season as US tax payers prepare tax returns.

    IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said “This tax season, the IRS has stepped up its efforts to protect taxpayers from a wide range of schemes, including moving aggressively to combat identity theft and refund fraud,” and “The Dirty Dozen list shows that scams come in many forms during filing season. Don’t let a scam artist steal from you or talk you into doing something you will regret later.”

    Unlawful scams often lead to considerable fines and interest as well as likely criminal action. The Department of Justice works directly with the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation to put an end to scams and take legal action against the delinquents behind them.

     

    Here is the list of the “Dirty Dozen”

    1. Identity Theft
    2. Phishing
    3. Return Preparer Fraud
    4. Hiding Income Offshore
    5. “Free Money” from the IRS & Tax Scams Involving Social Security
    6. Impersonation of Charitable Organizations
    7. False/Inflated Income and Expenses
    8. False Form 1099 Refund Claims
    9. Frivolous Arguments
    10. Falsely Claiming Zero Wages
    11. Disguised Corporate Ownership
    12. Misuse of Trusts

     

    For more information on this matter please visit the IRS website http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Releases-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams-for-2013

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