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IRS publishes ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams for 2021

The government body warned taxpayers, tax professionals and financial institutions to be cautious of specific scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published its list of ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams for 2021.

The government body is warning taxpayers, tax professionals and financial institutions to be cautious of specific scams.

This year’s list of scams have been separated into four separate categories, which include pandemic-related scams such as Economic Impact Payment theft; personal information cons including phishing; ruses focusing on unsuspecting victims; and schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actions.

Taxpayers are being urged to review the list of ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams for their own protection.

Chuck Rettig, the IRS’ commissioner, said: “We continue to see scam artists use the pandemic to steal money and information from honest taxpayers in a time of crisis.

“We provide this list to alert taxpayers about common scams that fraudsters use against their victims. At the IRS, we are dedicated to stopping these criminals, but it’s up to all of us to remain vigilant to protect ourselves and our families.”

 

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