Each year the IRS posts the worst tax scams across America. The IRS works with the Department of Justice and its criminal division to shut down these tax scams, but it’s a never ending saga and scammers steal billions of dollars each year of public funds. Let’s take a look at this year's dirty dozen tax scam list:
- Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. I have had numerous clients call me who received these phone calls. Hang up on these people and let them know you are sending their information to the FBI.
- Fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information (phishing). If you get an email from what appears to be the IRS delete it and do not open it. Call a tax attorney or the IRS for assistance to determine if you have a real tax issue.
- Identity theft continues to be a problem especially around tax time. File your tax return early, the IRS typically accepts the first return filed. So if you file your return before the scammer, it will be much easier to resolve.
- Return preparers who prepare bogus returns for clients to claim deductions and credits that they are not entitled to claim.
- Offshore tax evasion and the financial organizations that advice people they no longer need to pay taxes if they move their money offshore. Contact a tax attorney if you have undisclosed assets offshore and need assistance to resolve this.
- Stating refund amounts before looking at documents, asking individuals to sign blank returns and fees based on a percentage of the refund are signs of a bad tax preparer.
- Fake charitable organizations with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors.
- Hiding income by filing false Form 1099s or other fake documents. This is a criminal act and the IRS will attempt to put you in jail.
- Using abusive tax structures to avoid paying taxes. When in doubt, clients should seek an independent opinion from a qualified tax attorney regarding complex products they are offered.
- Inventing income to claim tax credits. Clients are best served by filing the most-accurate return possible because they are legally responsible for what is on their return.
- Erroneously claiming the fuel tax credit. This credit is not available to most taxpayers. But yet each year a sizable group of clients erroneously claim the credit to inflate their refunds.
- Using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.
If you need assistance concerning a tax matter, do not hesitate to contact a tax lawyer in Orange County. Tax scams are immune to the efforts being taken by the US government. The Orange County Tax Attorneys at Wilson Tax Law Group have experience in federal tax audits, appeals, and criminal prosecutions and IRS matters. You can reach the Wilson Tax Law Group at 714-463-4430.