Be Aware of Tax Time Scams

The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

An IRS notice informing a taxpayer that more than one return was filed in the taxpayer’s name or that the taxpayer received wages from an unknown employer may be the first tip off the individual receives that he or she has been victimized.  While identity theft complaints increased last year and complaints pertaining to stolen tax returns have increased significantly—from 11,010 complaints in 2005 to 33,774 in 2009, according to an analysis of more than 1.4 million identity theft records from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. That’s nearly 300%.

Be aware of these scams this tax season:

Phishing scams. If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or…

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