2017 IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Schemes

2017 “Dirty Dozen” Tax Schemes


The IRS has named the following tax schemes as the 2017 “Dirty Dozen”.  Click on the green links for more information.

  1. Phishing Schemes: http://go.usa.gov/x9FYf
    Watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

  2. Phone Scams a Serious Threat: http://go.usa.gov/x9FYH
    Aggressive & threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers.

  3. Identity Theft: http://go.usa.gov/x9FYe
    Tax-related Identity theft – with its related scams to steal personal and financial data from taxpayers or data held by tax professionals – remains a top item on the Dirty Dozen list.

  4. Return Preparer Fraud; Choose Reputable Return Preparers: http://go.usa.gov/x9FYS
    There are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each filing season to perpetrate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt taxpayers.

  5. Fake Charities: http://go.usa.gov/x9MCm
    Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information.

  6. Falsely Inflating Refund Claims: http://go.usa.gov/x9MQH
    Be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds.

  7. Excessive Claims for Business Credits: http://go.usa.gov/x9MzN
    Taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits.

  8. Falsely Padding Deductions: http://go.usa.gov/x9ezh
    Avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on tax returns.

  9. Falsifying Income: http://go.usa.gov/x9tg5
    This scam involves inflating or including income on a tax return that was never earned, either as wages or self-employment income, usually to maximize refundable credits.

  10. Abusive Tax Shelters: http://go.usa.gov/x9tHe
    Taxpayers should avoid unscrupulous promoters who encourage the use of phony tax shelters designed to avoid paying what is owed.

  11. Frivolous Tax Arguments: http://go.usa.gov/x9zma
    Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes.

  12. Offshore Tax Cheating: http://go.usa.gov/x9zhw
    Avoid hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains.