September 26, 2019 Tax scams are harmful to you and the federal government. Seek advice from the IRS or a tax professional if you are offered a tax credit or deduction that seems too good to be true. The IRS offers a variety of resources to help you recognize and avoid abusive tax scams. Participating in tax scams can have costly results including fines and the repayment of taxes owed with penalties and interest. Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of tax scams.