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April 20, 2009

IRS - Announces Leading Scams for Taxpayers to Avoid

The Internal Revenue Service recently posted its yearly list of scams for taxpayers to avoid.  The IRS calls it their "Dirty Dozen."  I have attached the list below.  The IRS announced that "Taxpayers should be wary of scams to avoid paying taxes that seem too good to be true, especially during these challenging economic times."  This is good advice from the IRS.  I have dealt with a number of clients that come to me and say: my prior tax attorney or my current tax return preparer told me that I can do...  But, when you look at the advice given, you have the following thoughts: (i) the client is not giving you the full story as to the advice; (ii) the client did not give the person providing the advice the whole story; (iii) something in between (i) and (ii) is true; or finally (iv) the person providing the advice truly believes what was articulated to me by the client.  Most of the time, the truth falls somewhere between (i) and (iii).  But, there are those rare occasions where someone is trying to scam the IRS and the taxpayers must be aware of them, and use common sense.  As the IRS said, if it is too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.  Seek compentent advice from someone that other professionals advise you to use.

Download Beware of IRS’ 2009 “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams - April 20, 2009

  

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