IRS releases annual 'Dirty Dozen' list of tax scams

IRS releases annual 'Dirty Dozen' list of tax scams

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Internal Revenue Service has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of 12 tax scams to warn taxpayers amid peak tax-filing season.

The list highlights a wide variety of schemes that taxpayers could face throughout the year. The schemes can range from refund inflation scams to technical tax shelter deals.

Officials remind taxpayers to be wary of questionable tax schemes and protect their personal information.

"Taxpayers should always keep in mind that they are legally responsible for what is on their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. Consumers can help protect themselves by choosing a reputable tax preparer," The IRS said in a news release.

Here is a recap of this year's "Dirty Dozen" scams:

Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund. Don't click on one claiming to be from the IRS. Be wary of emails and websites that may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information. (IR-2018-39)

Taxpayers should always keep in mind that they are legally responsible for what is on their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. Consumers can help protect themselves by choosing a reputable tax preparer. For more see the Choosing a Tax Professional page.

Taxpayers are encouraged to review the list in a special section on IRS.gov and be on the lookout for these con games throughout the year.

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