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Taxpayers Should Be Wary of Unsolicited Calls from the IRS

The IRS reminds taxpayers that they do not call taxpayers, do not demand immediate payment without allowing the taxpayer to question or appeal the amount owed, do not request a prepaid debit card or credit card and not over the telephone, and the IRS does not threaten to bring in

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IRS Warns of “Federal Student Tax” Back-to-School Scams;

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the Federal Student Tax. People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately

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New Phishing Scheme Mimics Software Providers; Targets Tax Professional

New Phishing Scheme Mimics Software Providers; Targets Tax Professional   WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today alerted tax professionals to an emerging phishing email scam that pretends to be from tax software providers and tries to trick recipients into clicking on a bogus link. The email scheme is the

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Consumers Warned of New Surge in IRS E-mail Schemes during 2016 Tax Season; Tax Industry Also Targeted

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service showed a new surge in IRS email schemes and renewed a consumer alert for e-mail schemes after seeing an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season. The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are

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Frivolous Tax Arguments Completes the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today finished its 2016 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes. Also today, the IRS released the 2016 version of “The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments.” The document describes and responds to some

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Abusive Tax Shelters Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today said using abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes continues to be a problem and remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season. “Taxpayers should steer clear of unscrupulous promoters who

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Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits is on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits on their returns, which is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2016 filing season. “Taxpayers should not falsify their income or other information on

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Scam Calls and Emails Using IRS as Bait Persist

Scam Calls and Emails using the IRS as a lure continue. They take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money.

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Excessive Claims for Business Credits is on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned that taxpayers should watch for Excessive Claims for Business Credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season. “The IRS is committed to stopping the improper use of business credits and catching the promoters of

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Fake Charities Are a Problem and on the IRS Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams for 2016

IR-2016-20, Feb. 9, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season. “Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are

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Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns is on the IRS Annual “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams to Avoid

IR-2016-21, Feb. 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to avoid the temptation of falsely inflating deductions or expenses on their returns to under pay what they owe and possibly receive larger refunds. The vast majority of taxpayers file honest and accurate tax returns on time

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Inflated Refund Claims Again Made the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

IR-2016-18, Feb. 8, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2016 filing season. “Be wary

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Hiding Money or Income Offshore Resides on the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or income offshore remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season. “Our continued enforcement actions should discourage anyone from trying to illegally hide money and income offshore,”

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Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

IRS YouTube Video: Phishing-Malware: English | Spanish | ASL Taxes. Security. Together. – English WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2016 filing season.

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Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2016 Filing Season

IRS YouTube Video: Tax Scams – English | Spanish | ASL Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview – English  Be Careful When Using Wi-Fi – English Update Your Password Regularly – English WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the

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IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these

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Don’t Fall for New Tax Scam Tricks by IRS Posers

Though the tax season is over, tax scammers work year-round. The IRS advises you to stay alert to protect yourself against new ways criminals pose as the IRS to trick you out of your money or personal information. These scams first tried to sting older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and

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IRS Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20 Million

IR-2015-99, Aug. 6, 2015   WASHINGTON — Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people.   These schemes

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IRS Completes the ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year’s filing season. The aggressive, threatening phone calls from scam artists continue to be seen on

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Frivolous Tax Arguments Complete the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2015 Season

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up its 2015 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying their taxes. The IRS today also released the 2015 version of “The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments.” The 69-page document describes and responds to some

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Excessive Claims for Fuel Tax Credits Make the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for fuel tax credits, one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season. “We will do everything we can to stop erroneous claims for the fuel tax credit and catch scammers promoting

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Filing Fake Documents to Hide Income Is Again on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams

WASHINGTON — Hiding taxable income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents is a scam that taxpayers should always avoid and guard against, the Internal Revenue Service said today. This scheme is one of those on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing

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Abusive Tax Shelters Again on IRS ‘Dirty Zone’ List of Tax Scams for 2015 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today said using abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes continues to be a problem and remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season. “The IRS is committed to stopping complex tax

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Fake Charities Among the IRS ‘ Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as a charitable organization to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season. “When making a donation, taxpayers should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to

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Inflated Tax Refund Claims Remain on the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Scams for 2015 Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season. “Every filing season, scam artists lure

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Hiding Money or Income Offshore Among the ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season. “The recent string of successful enforcement actions against offshore tax cheats and the

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Return Preparer Fraud Hits IRS Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest high-quality service. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up

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Phishing Remains on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season. “The IRS won’t send you an email

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Phone Scams Continue to be Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as

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IRS Warns Financial Institutions of Scams Designed to Steal FATCA-Related Account Data

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a fraud alert for international financial institutions complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).  Scam artists posing as the IRS have fraudulently solicited financial institutions seeking account holder identity and financial account information. The IRS does not require financial institutions

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5 Easy Ways to Spot a Tax Scam Phone Call

The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for telephone scams and offers five tell-tale warning signs to tip you off if you get such a call. These callers claim to be with the IRS. The scammers often demand money to pay taxes. Some may try to con

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Tax Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Offers 5 Easy Ways to Identify Suspicious Calls

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into

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IRS Updates Phone Scam Warning for Taxpayers

The IRS is again warning the public about phone scams that continue to claim victims all across the country. In these scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims. Callers fraudulently claim to be from the IRS and demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card

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Avoid Summertime Tax Scams

Ah, summertime! Warm days, rest and recreation and…tax scams. Thieves don’t stop victimizing unsuspecting taxpayers with their scams after April 15. Identity theft, phone and phishing scams happen year-round. Those three top the IRS’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams this year. Here’s some important information you should know about these common tax scams: 1. Identity Theft.  Identity thieves steal personal and financial

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IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Based on the 90,000 complaints that TIGTA has received through its telephone hotline, to

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IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has

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Beware of Fake IRS Emails & Phone Calls

Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real. Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and

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