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12 scams taxpayers need to know about

By Scam Awareness | March 21, 2016

It seems like there is a scam for everything these days, especially around tax season! Luckily for us, the IRS put together a list, called the "Dirty Dozen," of popular scams to watch for.

Be sure to keep an eye for these popular scams this tax season:

Identity Theft: Criminals filing tax returns using someone else's social security number. Be sure to keep yours safe!

Phone Scams: The IRS has seen an increase in criminals impersonating IRS agents over the past several years. Be sure to report any suspicious calls to your local authorities.

Phishing: Keep a look out for fake emails or websites requesting your personal information. According to the IRS, "The IRS will never send taxpayers an email about a bill or refund out of the blue."

Return Preparer Fraud: Make sure to use a legitimate tax professional when filing your taxes this season.

Inflated Refund Claims: Beware of any individual or organization promising you inflated tax returns! This could be a scam.

Fake Charities: Make sure that you are donating to legitimate, eligible charities.  

For more information or to view the complete list, be sure to visit the IRS site and contact your local authorities if you believe you've been scammed.

Stay safe!

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