Thieves stealing economic impact payments and unemployment benefit checks head the list of this year’s IRS “Dirty Dozen” of tax-related scams and schemes (IR-2021-135).

The warning Monday about “pandemic-related scams” was the first of four installments this year in which the IRS highlights egregious tax-related crimes and misdeeds against which it is advising taxpayers to be especially vigilant. In successive days this week, the Service also will describe threats to the security of taxpayers’ personal information, ruses that defraud victims, and schemes that entice taxpayers into taking “unscrupulous” tax-related positions and actions. For this and previous years, see the Dirty Dozen page at IRS.gov.

Economic impact payment theft

Although most economic impact payments, also known as stimulus payments, to individuals have been issued, their security remains a concern, the IRS said. Most of the payments are made electronically by…

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