BLOG: IRS Issues Annual Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

By Jim Donovan: The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.

“Taxpayers should be careful and avoid falling into a trap with the Dirty Dozen,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “Scam artists will tempt people in-person, on-line and by e-mail with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams.”

Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.

Among the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2012 are scams involving phishing, free money scams, and false refund claims.

To check out the full list along with detailed descriptions of how each scam works, click:,,id=254383,00.html

  • Lisa

    Jim my family desperately needs your help regarding a tax scam from a place called Jackson Hewlitt in NJ and we where taken for over $479 in fees and were deceived about the amount our refund was going to be. I am desperate for your help. Please contact via I would greatly appreciate it if

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