The Scam: IRS “Dirty Dozen” tax scams
The Targets: Taxpayers
The Hook: Avoid come-ons with these titles, the IRS says: “Zero Wages”, “Form 843 Tax Abatement”, “Zero Return”, “4th Amendment", "5th Amendment", "No Gain Deduction". In addition, taxpayers are targeted by identity thieves, charitable trust abusers, offshore con artists and more, the IRS says.
The Scammers: They run the gamut from crooked tax preparers to the notorious "419 boys", Nigeria-based computer punks who email you offers of millions...if you just send them cash first. 419 boys (named after the Nigerian legal code for fraud) run tax scams, too.
How to avoid being scammed: Use common sense - if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. And arm yourself with information. Go to www.irs.gov and search for the term "tax scams". You'll be rich with knowledge.
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