Every year, Americans lose untold billions of dollars to a host of tax scams that range from identity theft to return-preparer fraud. While most of these scams can happen at any time, they tend to be most active during tax season, from January through April 15.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urges taxpayers to “use caution when viewing emails, receiving telephone calls, or getting advice on tax issues.” The IRS has a criminal investigation unit that works closely with the Department of Justice to identify and shut down scams, but when there’s money to be made there will always be new criminals ready to take the place of those who are caught. The best defense against these scams is to know what to look for.
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