Each year IRS compiles a list of the “Dirty Dozen” “tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes.” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen added these comments:
Taxpayers should be on the lookout for tax scams using the IRS name…These schemes jump every year at tax time. Scams can be sophisticated and take many different forms. We urge people to protect themselves and use caution when viewing e-mails, receiving telephone calls or getting advice on tax issues.
Here are the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014:
- Identity Theft
- Pervasive Telephone Scams
- False Promises of “Free Money” from Inflated Refunds
- Return Preparer Fraud
- Hiding Income Offshore
- Impersonation of Charitable Organizations
- False Income, Expenses or Exemptions
- Frivolous Arguments
- Falsely Claiming Zero Wages or Using False Form 1099
- Abusive Tax Structures
- Misuse of Trusts
Consumers should be wary of these cyber threats all the time, and not just of tax season.