SST Trusted Resource: IRS Announces “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2021

Please note: This blog is current to the date of its publication, Tuesday, July 27. For additional updates or assistance navigating these uncertain times, please contact us or visit our SST COVID-19 resource page.

The IRS recently released its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2021, a warning for taxpayers, tax professionals and financial institutions of the latest and most common scams.

The IRS divided these scams into four categories:

  • Pandemic-related scams like Economic Impact Payment theft;
  • Personal information cons including phishing, ransomware and phone “vishing;”
  • Ruses focusing on unsuspecting victims like fake charities and senior/immigrant fraud; and
  • Schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actions such as Offer In Compromise mills and syndicated conservation easements.

Remember to always be on the alert for potential scams throughout the year, especially during tax filing season. You can visit Identity Theft Central and Tax Fraud Alerts for more information on how to protect against or report identity theft or fraud.

Read more about the “Dirty Dozen” in the IRS’ announcement:

Americans Urged To Watch Out For Tax Scams During The Pandemic

Stay tuned to SST for additional blog posts about the “Dirty Dozen,” beginning with the upcoming blog “Pandemic-related Scams”.

SST will continue to keep you informed as the IRS makes further announcements. For additional tax information and guidance, contact the experts at SST today.

Special thanks to SST Senior Tax Manager Rachel Alexander for providing the content for this post.