IRS: Avoid the Dirty Dozen tax scams this filing season
POSTED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 1, 2013 - 8:04pm
NATIONAL NEWS (NBC) — As if it weren't bad enough that the tax deadline is fast approaching, the IRS says there are others things you need to worry about when filing your taxes this year. The agency's out with its list of the worst tax scam.
Something that's scary all the time tops the IRS' Dirty Dozen list of tax scams - identity theft - which reminds us of south Carolina prison inmate and identity thief Dwayne Selvey. His story was told recently by Charlotte affiliate WCNC.
While behind bars for burglary, Selvey spent his days stealing the identities of hundreds of taxpayers. Then used them to file fraudulent tax returns that led to him claiming $3.5 million in refundsbefore being caught.
"I admitted to them 'yea, I’m the one who's been filing the taxes,'" he said.
The IRS estimates billions in refunds are going to Id thieves instead of the taxpayer every year. The common way a thief steals an Id is second on the Dirty Dozen list : Sending to unsuspecting taxpayers phony, phishing emails that Internet security experts say look like they come from the IRS.
"They're looking for things that we file in our tax information," Michelle Dennedy, MacAfee Internet Security, said. "They're looking for your social security number, they're looking for your home address, your spouse, your kids and they're social security numbers."
The IRS says it never initiates contact with taxpayers through email and if you get one, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another tip from the dirty dozen list is to make sure you hire a reputable tax preparer who signs your returns and enters their tax preparer ID number.
Click here for others listed on the Dirty Dozen Tax Scam list.