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Don't fall for one of the Dirty Dozen tax scams

GOBankingRates Logo By Joel Anderson of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 25: Nobody likes paying taxes. But given the choice between paying taxes and getting cheated out of your money by fraudsters, well, most people would pick the taxman over the criminal. Yet that doesn’t stop thousands of people from forking over millions of dollars in hard-earned wages to con artists.
And your tax return is one area where spotting scams is made that much harder by the complexity of the tax code. Many Americans aren’t confident in their understanding of how the IRS works or how their taxes are collected, so there’s ample opportunity to take advantage of those knowledge gaps to create a scheme that works.
Fortunately, the IRS produces a list of the “Dirty Dozen” tax schemes every year, detailing the 12 tax scams that taxpayers should keep an eye out for when navigating their taxes. And if you can spot the signs of a scam early, it’s that much easier to avoid the pitfalls that have ended up costing so many other tax scam victims before.
Last updated: Nov. 27, 2019

Nobody likes paying taxes. But given the choice between paying taxes and getting cheated out of your money by fraudsters, well, most people would pick the taxman over the criminal. Yet that doesn’t stop thousands of people from forking over millions of dollars in hard-earned wages to con artists.

And your tax return is one area where spotting scams is made that much harder by the complexity of the tax code. Many Americans aren’t confident in their understanding of how the IRS works or how their taxes are collected, so there’s ample opportunity to take advantage of those knowledge gaps to create a scheme that works.

Fortunately, the IRS produces a list of the Dirty Dozen tax schemes every year, detailing the 12 tax scams that taxpayers should keep an eye out for when navigating their taxes. And if you can spot the signs of a scam early, it’s that much easier to avoid the pitfalls that have ended up costing so many other tax scam victims before.

Last updated: Nov. 27, 2019

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