Listen in on a tax scam purporting to be from the IRS.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers about groups pretending to be a charitable organization to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors. This scheme tops the agency's list of "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for the current filing season.
"When making a donation, taxpayers should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate and currently eligible charities," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a prepared statement. "IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations."
Compiled annually, the Dirty Dozen lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter at any time, but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to prepare their taxes.
The IRS offers taxpayers some basic tips when it comes to making charitable donations:
Although the IRS works closely with the Department of Justice to shut down these scam artists, threatening phone calls and email phishing schemes continue to be seen on a daily basis in states across the nation, IRS officials explain.
Here's a list of the IRS "Dirty Dozen" tax scams:
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