The 2021 “Dirty Dozen” list warns of “nefarious schemes and scams”. Taxpayers, tax professionals, and financial institutions are urged to not only look to their own interests, but to safeguard vulnerable people close to them.
Personal information consincluding phishing, ransomware, and phone ‘vishing’.
Ruses focusing on unsuspecting victimslike fake charities and senior/immigrant fraud.
Schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actionssuch as Offer In Compromise mills and syndicated conservation easement.
“We continue to see scam artists use the pandemic to steal money and information from honest taxpayers in a time of crisis,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “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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