Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues a list of common tax schemes they call the “Dirty Dozen.” Taxpayers may encounter the “Dirty Dozen” schemes and scams at any time but they tend to peak during filing season as taxpayers prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes.
For 2016, the IRS has identified these “Dirty Dozen” tax schemes as the ones to watch:
ii. Phone Scams .
iv. Return Preparer Fraud.
v. Hiding Money or Income Offshore.
vi. Inflated Refund Claims.
vii. Fake Charities.
viii. Falsely Padding Deductions.
ix. Excessive Claims for Business Credits.
x. Falsifying Income To Claim Tax Credits.
xi. Abusive Tax Shelters.
xii. Frivolous Tax Arguments.