IRS Issues List Of “Dirty Dozen” Scams Taxpayers Should Be On The Lookout For This Year

IRS Issues List Of “Dirty Dozen” Scams Taxpayers Should Be On The Lookout For This Year

(Adam Fagen)

Each tax season fraudsters manage to separate taxpayers from billions of dollars by using aggressive schemes such as impersonating Internal Revenue Service agents or employing emails and websites designed to gather consumers’ personal information for fraudulent use. This year, the IRS has issued a list of the “Dirty Dozen” scams consumers should guard against.

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Tax Tip: File Your Taxes for Free -

Why pay someone to file your tax returns, when you can do it yourself for free? It’s called “Free File,” and Internal Revenue Service spokesman Eric Smith says it’s available for those in the low- to middle-income tax bracket. “If your income is $60,000 or less, you qualify,” he says. “Last year, about 3.2 million people took advantage of that service.” You can find Free File at IRS.gov. It’s part of a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance that lets qualifying taxpayers choose from leading brand-name tax software programs. “It’s the big names and some names that may be less familiar,” Smith says. “Over a dozen companies participate in the program.” Since 2003, more than 43 million people have used Free File. If you prefer, however, you can still file your taxes the old-fashioned way without spending a dime. “We can all file for free by doing it with paper and pencil,” Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine says. The forms you need are as close as your nearest post office.

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