IRS “Dirty Dozen” Series of Tax Scams for 2017 Includes Return Preparer Fraud; Choose Reputable Return Preparers

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each filing season to…

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Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits. In a related development, the W-2 scammers are…

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Phone Scams a Serious Threat; Remain on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017

WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. During filing season, the IRS generally sees a surge in scam phone calls that threaten police arrest,…

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Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC): IRS Names Seven New Information Reporting Advisory Members

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the selection of seven new members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides a forum for IRS officials and members of the public to address information reporting issues. The IRPAC, established in 1991, provides an organized public forum for discussion of tax information reporting…

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