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More ‘Dirty Dozen’: Tax refund theft and fake charity appeals

Journal of Accountancy

Common ploys by which thieves con taxpayers out of their tax refunds figured among this year's second installment Monday of the IRS's "Dirty Dozen" warnings.

IRS News Release (IR-2022-117) follows last week's first installment, which highlighted four purported tax-saving schemes offered by promoters who misrepresent tax laws but that could result in taxpayers' being denied the claimed benefits.

Monday's release, by contrast, echoed warnings in previous Dirty Dozen lists and throughout the year, as the IRS highlighted risks that include tax identity theft and consequent larceny of tax benefits. These hazards can arise from within social media, emails, texts, and telephone calls, the IRS said. Generally, such scams have proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS said.


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