IRS: The Dirty Dozen represents the world of the worst tax scams.

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.

The IRS will update this page regularly with the 2017 list of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. 

  • Falsely Inflating Refund Claims on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for 2017. See IR-2017-26.
  • Fake Charities on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season. See IR-2017-25.
  • IRS “Dirty Dozen” Series of Tax Scams for 2017 Includes Return Preparer Fraud; Choose Reputable Return Preparers — The IRS  warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season. See IR-2017-23.
  • Identity Theft Remains on “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams; IRS, States, Tax Industry Urge People to be Vigilant Against Criminals — The IRS issued a filing season alert, warning taxpayers and tax professionals to watch out for identity theft at tax time, and highlighted the crime as a recurring scam in the agency’s “Dirty Dozen” series. See IR-2017-22.
  • Phone Scams a Serious Threat; Remain on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017 — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, remain on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. See IR-2017-19
  • Phishing Schemes Lead the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for 2017; Remain Tax-Time Threat — The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season. See IR-2017-15
Prior year information on the IRS Dirty Dozen:
2016 – IRS Wraps Up the Dirty Dozen List of Tax Scams for 2016
2015 – IRS Completes the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015
2014 – IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2014