How to Avoid Getting Caught in a Dirty Dozen Tax Scam
Some people may not even be aware that such a thing like the Dirty Dozen Tax Scam exists. In the past year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been communicating with other states to determine what kind of fraudulent activity has been occurring. Through this process, the IRS has composed a list of the top 12 tax scams that taxpayers have fallen victim to in the United States.
The best way to avoid the Dirty Dozen Tax Scam is to be aware. Below is a brief description of top five 2016 tax scams in the Dirty Dozen list you should steer clear of.
- Identity Theft
While the IRS continues to pursue and convict thieves that file annual tax filings under someone else’s Social Security number, criminals are continually thinking of creative ways to take advantage of someone’s identity. Taxpayers are encouraged to choose a credible agency when entrusting their personal tax information to an agency.
- Phone Scams
When someone calls you claiming to be an official employee of the IRS and is asking you for personal tax information as well as demanding funds from you, this is a phone scam. The IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone or email. So if you ever receive such a call, collect their name and ID number and report them to the IRS immediately.
Here again, the IRS does not communicate to taxpayers by email. If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS, DO NOT click on that link. It is most likely a computer virus.
- Return Preparer Fraud
It is tempting to find a tax preparer who charges little to nothing to prepare and file your annual return for you. The risk in doing this is that you may not get the most honest service. The preparer might not be as informed as a professionally legitimate preparer, or worse be totally fraudulent, meaning that person is not who they claim to be and their so-called business does not even exist. That type of criminal could be difficult to track when it’s time to collect your refund.
- Offshore Tax Avoidance
Oftentimes, it’s not just predatory criminals getting away with tax schemes. The Offshore Tax Avoidance proves that there are some US taxpayers who are trying to reduce the amount of taxes they owe by cutting down the amount of taxable income they report to the IRS. This is done by ‘hiding’ a portion of their income offshore. Thanks to the successful enforcement against these financial organizations, this is not always a lucrative venture.
What About the Other Six?
Yes, there are indeed six other tax scams listed on the 2016 Dirty Dozen list. It is in your best interest to learn them all so that you can be better prepared to avoid them. To read the entire Dirty Dozen Scam list, visit the official IRS website to learn what they are and what the government has done to thwart these efforts.
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