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Tax scams the IRS wants you to avoid

A huge tax write-off? Not so fast.

CALIFORNIA, USA — The IRS warned taxpayers Thursday of a so-called "Dirty Dozen," a plethora of tax scams you should try to avoid. 

The scams range from fake charities to unemployment insurance fraud. 

Technology also pays a role with some of these scams, from phishing emails to ransomware and social media.

On the latter, the IRS notes that social media users should review their privacy settings and limit what they share, as anything posted publicly can be used against you. 

Finally, if you owe money on your taxes, beware of compromise "mills," companies that will make misleading claims about settling your debt with the IRS. 

While the agency does settle debts, a taxpayer typically has to qualify through the IRS' Offer in Compromise (OIC) program. 

"The IRS urges people to take a few minutes to review information on IRS.gov to see if they might be a good candidate for the program – and avoiding costly promoters who advertise on radio and television," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a prepared statement.

For more information on each tax scam, click here

WATCH: News 8 spoke with Raphael Tulino, an IRS spokesman, about scams they want you to avoid (July 2021)