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