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IRS Wants You to Know About Schemes, Scams and Cons:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!" Seek professional advice from the IRS or a Tax Professional before you subscribe to any scheme that offers exemption from your obligation as a United States Citizen to pay taxes. Buying into a tax evasion scheme can be very costly.

Department of Justice Press Releases on Civil and Criminal Actions Taken as a Result of IRS Enforcement Activities

The Department of Justice issues press releases on IRS enforcement activities.

Tax Scams: How to Recognize and Avoid Them

To help the public recognize and avoid abusive tax schemes, the IRS offers an abundance of educational materials. Participating in an illegal scheme to avoid paying taxes can result in imprisonment and fines, as well as the repayment of taxes owed with penalties and interest. Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these “too good to be true” tax scams.

Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

Don't fall victim to tax scams. The IRS issues News Releases on some of the common scams, including the annual Dirty Dozen news release.

Special Advice for Law Enforcement on Avoiding Tax Preparer Scams

           Enforcing the Laws and Paying Taxes: Is there a Connection?

This is one of many outreach articles the IRS prepares to help educate the public about tax scams.  

Examples of Fraud Investigations

In addition to the  Tax Fraud Alerts page, Criminal Investigation (CI) wants you to know about other areas of fraud in which individuals have been criminally prosecuted

How Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?
If you have information about an individual or company you suspect is not complying with the tax law, report this activity.


Criminal Investigation (CI)

Tax Fraud Alerts

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 09-Jan-2014