The IRS compiles a Dirty Dozen list of scams
taxpayers may encounter during the year. It’s no surprise that Identity Theft tops the list. Every day businesses and retailers are being targeted by hackers located in the United States as well as countries such as China and Russia. Success to these hackers means access to your personal information. Information that can be used to gain access your identity and to file a return in your name during next year’s tax season.
The IRS isn’t immune to these scams either.According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinem, “These schemes jump every year at tax time. Scams can be sophisticated and take many different forms. We urge people to protect themselves and use caution when viewing e-mails, receiving telephone calls or getting advice on tax issues.”
These are the top 5 schemes that target taxpayers:
The bottom line, remain vigilant in protecting yourself against anyone or anything trying to gain access to you information. Monitor your bank and credit card accounts and consider enrolling in some type of identity theft protection program.