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IRS Names Final Four Items of ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams List

June 10, 2022, 3:09 PM

The IRS announced the final four items in its annual “Dirty Dozen” scams list Friday, warning taxpayers to steer clear of fraudulent tax avoidance schemes. The final four entries emphasize fraudulent activity from high-income earners, who will be the most policed, the agency said.

The four schemes listed are concealing finances in offshore accounts and improper reporting of digital assets; not filing a tax return; abuse of syndicated conservation easements; and abuse of micro-captive insurance arrangements.

  • “These tax avoidance strategies are promoted to unsuspecting folks with too-good-to-be-true promises of reducing taxes or avoiding taxes altogether,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Taxpayers should not kid themselves into believing they can hide income from the IRS. The agency continues to focus on these deals, and people who engage in them face steep civil penalties or criminal charges.”
  • Earlier this year, the IRS said it would recruit up to 200 more attorneys to help crack down on tax schemes.

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