Beware of 2012 Tax Scams

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False Form 1099 Refund Claims

In this scam, the perpetrator files a fake information return, such as a Form 1099, to justify a false refund claim on a corresponding tax return. Don’t fall prey to people who encourage you to claim deductions or credits to which you are not entitled, or willingly allow others to use your information to file false returns. The IRS reports, “If you are a party to such schemes, you could be liable for financial penalties or even face criminal prosecution.”

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