Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don’t fall prey.

IRS concludes “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for 2019: Agency encourages taxpayers to remain vigilant year-round – See IR-2019-49.

For a detailed description of each scam, please refer to the list below:

  • Abusive tax shelters, trusts, and conservation easements – See IR-2019-47
  • Frivolous tax arguments  – See IR-2019-45
  • Failure to report offshore funds remains a crime – See IR-2019-43
  • Improper claims for business credits – See IR-2019-42
  • Scams involving disasters and charitable causes  – See IR-2019-39
  • Inflated deductions and credits – See IR-2019-36
  • Falsification of income and the creation of bogus documents – See IR-2019-35
  • Promises of inflated tax refunds  – See IR-2019-33
  • Tax return preparer fraud – See IR-2019-32
  • Identity theft – See IR-2019-30
  • Phone scams –  See IR-2019-28
  • Pervasive phishing schemes – See IR-2019-26