|As is has done for several years now, the IRS issued an updated list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2020. The IRS announced that aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief are being emphasized on the “Dirty Dozen” list of scams to avoid for 2020. The agency is focusing on schemes that use the current pandemic to steal money and information from taxpayers. |
Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails, telephone calls, or websites using keywords such as “coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” and “stimulus” in various ways to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email or telephone about a tax bill, refund, or Economic Impact Payment. Taxpayers also should be wary of fake charities with names similar to nationally known organizations that may have been set up to exploit natural disasters and other situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are the 2020 Dirty Dozen:
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