The IRS recently issued its third installment of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams—a list of tax-related schemes ranging from fake charities to scams targeting seniors and immigrants. The Service is reminding “taxpayers, tax professionals and financial institutions to be on the lookout for these 12 nefarious schemes and scams.”

The Dirty Dozen list of tax-related scams gives particular focus to “pandemic-related” scams. Indeed, this year’s list is broken down into four categories:

  • Pandemic-related scams like Economic Impact Payment theft;
  • Personal information cons including phishing, ransomware and phone “vishing;”
  • Ruses focusing on unsuspecting victims like fake charities and senior/immigrant fraud; and
  • Schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actions such as Offer In Compromise mills and syndicated conservation easements.

We have provided relevant excerpts from the IRS’s third installment of its Dirty Dozen

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