IRS Releases "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams List for 2017
What church leaders should watch out for this year.
IRS Releases "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams List for 2017

Each year, the IRS releases its "Dirty Dozen" list of top tax scams. Here are the 12 scams you and your church should watch out for this tax season:

  • Phishing
  • Phone Scams
  • Identity Theft
  • Return Preparer Fraud
  • Fake Charities
  • Inflated Refund Claims
  • Excessive Claims for Business Credits
  • Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns
  • Falsifying Income to Claim Credits
  • Abusive Tax Shelters
  • Frivolous Tax Arguments
  • Offshore Tax Avoidance

Find details about each of the 12 scams at

For expert help with all of your church's tax questions, check out the 2017 Church & Clergy Tax Guide.

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