Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Identity theft, phishing top tax scams in U.S.

Identity theft and phishing top the federal U.S. tax service's list of "dirty dozen" scams, which tend to peak this time of year as millions of Americans gear up to file their tax returns.

"Scam artists will tempt people in person, online and by email with misleading promises about lost refunds and free money. Don't be fooled by these scams," Internal Revenue Service(IRS) Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a statement on Thursday.

While the "dirty dozen" schemes are common year round, many occur most frequently during tax filing season, the IRS said. The filing deadline for 2011 taxes is April 17.

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