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Beware the ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scam list

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The IRS has released its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams to watch out for in 2017.

Alert: For the third year in a row, the IRS has issued separate press releases over 12 business days. It also offered a final summary. (IRS Internal News Release IR-2017-37, 2/17/17)

Here’s a quick recap.

1. Phishing: Taxpayers must be on guard against fake emails or websites that steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or refund. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS.

2. Phone scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. In recent years, con artists have threatened taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, and more.

3. Identity theft: The IRS is aggressively pursuing the criminals who file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number, but taxpayers still need to be very cautious....(register to read more)

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