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IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams


Identity theft: It’s the IRS’ top scam. Thieves file a tax return – and obtain a refund – in the victim’s name.


Phone scams: Scammers impersonate IRS agents. The caller will say the consumer is entitled to a refund, but they need to provide their Social Security number or bank routing info, or they’ll say the consumer owes back taxes and threaten them with arrest.


Phishing: This is just like the phone scams – but online.


False “free money”: This scam plays upon the victim’s greed by promising large federal refunds they aren’t entitled to.


Preparer fraud: Only use preparers who sign the returns they prepare, enter their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number and give you a copy of your return.


Hiding income offshore: The IRS is cracking down on people who evade U.S. taxes by hiding their money in offshore banks, brokerage accounts or nominee entities.


Bogus charities: Scammers impersonate charities to draw out money and private information from taxpayers who think they’re making a tax-deductible contribution.


False information: Beware of reporting false income, expenses or exemptions on your tax return to get a bigger refund.


Frivolous arguments: The IRS is not a big fan of these, so if you’re tempted to say that you don’t owe taxes because they’re voluntary or you didn’t get due process or some other goofy argument, it won’t work.


The “zero wages” lie: In this fraud, the taxpayer submits a Form 4852 (a substitute W-2) or a “corrected” Form 1099 to make their income look lower and avoid paying taxes.


Abusive tax structure: This is a rich guy scheme in which the taxpayer uses domestic and foreign trust arrangements and the financial secrecy of foreign countries and offshore banks to avoid paying their fair share.


Misuse of trusts: Not all trusts are bad, but the IRS is on the hunt for unscrupulous promoters who urge people to transfer large amounts of assets – including cash, investments and ongoing businesses – into a private annuity or foreign trust just to avoid paying taxes.

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Herschel Bentley is the Executive Director of National Credit Federation.  He has 30 years experience in the credit, mortgage and real estate markets and loves helping people improve their credit and seeing referral sources grow their business.

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