IRS offers complete list of "Dirty Dozen" tax scams

March 21, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service offers its annual "Dirty Dozen" ranking of tax scams to help taxpayers protect themselves during tax season against a wide range of schemes. The IRS highlighted the "Dirty Dozen" scam list in separate news releases during a 12-day period.

The Dirty Dozen listing is compiled by the IRS each year and lists common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year; however, many of the schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.

The Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2019 include:

  • Phishing
  • Phone scams
  • Identity theft
  • Return preparer fraud
  • Inflated refund claims
  • Falsifying income to claim credits
  • Falsely padding deductions on returns
  • Fake charities
  • Excessive claims for business credits
  • Offshore tax avoidance
  • Frivolous tax arguments
  • Abusive tax shelters

For more information about the Dirty Dozen tax scams, click here.