The IRS has released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for taxpayers to avoid in 2014. (IRS Internal News Release 2014-16, 2/19/14)
Alert: Be especially vigilant now. Scams occur at all times during the year, but the IRS notes they are more prevalent in tax filing season.
Here’s a summary of the list for 2014.
1. Identity theft: Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information, such as your name, Social Security number (SSN) or other identifying information, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. Frequently, an identity thief uses a legitimate taxpayer’s identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. The IRS maintains a special section on www.irs.gov for ID theft issues.
2. Telephone scams: Callers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities. There are many variations ranging from instances where callers say the victims owe money or ar...(register to read more)