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The IRS "Dirty Dozen"

Posted By Lisa Novack, IRS, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don’t fall prey.

For a detailed description of each scam, please refer to the list below:

  • Falsely padding deductions highlighted in IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams - See IR-2018-54
  • IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018 contains warning to avoid improper claims for business credits - See IR-2018-49
  • Taxpayers alerted against falsely inflated refunds in ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; Seniors, many others at risk - See IR-2018-48
  • Fake charities make 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; taxpayers should be alert to scams involving disasters, worthwhile causes - See IR-2018-47.
  • Tax Return Preparer Fraud Ranks on 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’: Taxpayers Urged to Choose Reputable Tax Preparers - See IR-2018-45.
  • Despite Major Progress, Identity Theft Still on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams List - See IR-2018-42
  • Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams - See IR-2018-40.
  • Phishing Schemes Make IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams for 2018; Individuals, Businesses, Tax Pros Urged to Remain Vigilant - See IR-2018-39.

 

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Tags:  IRS  small business  tax filing  taxes 

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MONEY ON THE TABLE

Posted By George (Clint) Frederick CPA PLLC, George Frederick CPA PLLC, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MONEY ON THE TABLE

Today in issue IR 2017-50, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced they are holding over $1 billion for people who have not filed a 2013 Federal Income Tax Return.  The average refund is $763. There is a three year window for claiming the refund – the window will close on April 18 of this year. 

If you have not filed a 2014 or 2015 tax return the checks could be withheld pending filing the subsequent year tax returns.  Also if child support is owed, or state tax is due the refund could be withheld. 

In Arizona it is estimated 24,800 people that have not filed are owed $22,642,000 by the IRS.  Texas leads the nation in refunds pending with estimated 104,700 individuals owed $115,580,000, next is California with 97,200 people owed $93,406,000.

So if you haven’t filed a tax return since 2013 you may be owed some money by the IRS. But you need to file before April 18, when the window closes.   Chances are if you have not filed for 2014 or 2015 you might be owed more money by the IRS.

Tags:  Accounting  tax filing 

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