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Tax Scam Time

I usually wander down some blog topic that may sometimes seem like I have wandered off the beaten path. This one is a bit different. Not a gripping story of human life but a practical warning from the IRS.

Because we are in “tax filing season”, the freaks of fraud are out. Like a Halloween costume, they disguise themselves as IRS agents or government officials in an attempt to steal money.

Each year, the IRS releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of top tax scams. Here are the 12 scams highlighted by the IRS this tax season:
•Identity Theft
•Phone Scams
•Return Preparer Fraud
•Offshore Tax Avoidance
•Inflated Refund Claims
•Fake Charities
•Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns
•Excessive Claims for Business Credits
•Falsifying Income to Claim Credits
•Abusive Tax Shelters
•Frivolous Tax Arguments

If you have been contacted with some scam or some amazing tax idea you can:

• Call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040. You can confirm your tax obligations with an official IRS agent.
• Report a suspicious incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) by calling 1- 800-366-4484 or sending an email to
• Always check the status of your refund after filing

For more information on these warnings go to

And for pic o’ day, I thought I would stay with the thought of “taking a closer look”:


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