IRS Dirty Dozen – Tax Scam Alert for 2017

The IRS released its annual list warning taxpayers about common tax scams. The IRS’ intent of issuing this list is to protect the public, warn scammers and to help unsuspecting taxpayers avoid penalties and interest that could result from a tax scam.

Here is the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” list for 2017:

  1. Phishing
  2. Phone Scams
  3. Identity Theft
  4. Return Preparer Fraud (Confirm You Are Using a Real Tax Professional!)
  5. Fake Charities (Don’t Be Fooled By Masquerading Scammers!)
  6. Inflated Refund Claims
  7. Excessive Claims for Business Tax Credits
  8. Falsifying Expenses and Padding Deductions
  9. Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits
  10. Abusive Tax Shelters and Misuse of Trusts
  11. Frivolous Tax Arguments
  12. Hiding Offshore Income for Tax Avoidance

Source: IR-2017-37

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