Here are a couple of “dirty dozen” tax scams the IRS has released for 2019.
Promises of Inflated Refunds
Unethical tax return preparers promise taxpayers inflated tax refunds. It’s usually elderly and low-income taxpayers, with no obligation to file, who are targeted by scam artists. The IRS suggests that people should beware of preparers who promise larger refunds than competitors or larger refunds than they are used to seeing. Some taxpayers never even see these refunds. Another part of this scam is falsely filing returns claiming no wages or ‘correcting’ a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement or Form 1099 to show zero income.
This problem is still ongoing. The IRS warned, “Aggressive criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money or personal information.” These phone calls often involve hostile IRS agent impersonators ordering immediate payment and making threats against the taxpayer. The IRS will never collect money over the phone.