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Beware of Tax Scams

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 11, 2006

The IRS announced the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2006. New to this year’s list is the "zero wages" scam, in which taxpayers filed "corrected" Form 1099s or Form 4852 (substitute Form W-2) to zero out earnings. The IRS is having none of it, so watch out—violators can owe back taxes and penalties and in some cases face jail time.

Important: Don’t be duped into e-mailing your personal information to scammers pretending to be from the IRS and offering to expedite a refund claim or process an online payment for you. This government agency already has your information and never contacts taxpayer by e-mail.

Barbara Weltman
Millwood, NY

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