12 most common tax scams of 2019

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Don’t be a tax scam victim

Tax season is upon us, so it’s incumbent upon taxpayers to be on high alert for tax scammers who come out in full force this time of year. The IRS publishes its list of tax scams every spring, though many of these cons are carried out throughout the year. As we become more social on social media platforms, so do the swindlers who befriend us if we’re not careful.

Whether a scammer is demanding your money or promising you a larger-than-life tax refund, hightail it to the hills.

Following are the 12 most common tax scams of 2019 as reported by the Internal Revenue Service, which works closely with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the Department of Justice, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA. Their aim is to shut down scammers and bring them to justice.