6 Tax Scams to Avoid

  1. Phishing scams. Fake emails or websites impersonating the IRS lure victims into sharing sensitive information.
  2. Phone scams. Criminals pretending to represent the IRS call victims demanding immediate payment and risk of arrest.
  3. Identity theft. Scammers pose as accountants or tax-return preparers, filing tax refunds using victims’ Social Security numbers.
  4. Fake charities. Bogus charity funds preying on victims who have just received their tax returns.
  5. Inflated refund claims. Scammers promise inflated refunds in exchange for a signed tax return.
  6. Falsify income to claim increased credits. Criminals persuade victims to claim income that didn’t happen with the goal of producing a higher return.

Your Turn: Have you heard of tax scams not on this list? Share your knowledge with us so we can learn together.

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