The IRS’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ are Getting Old
The IRS’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ are Getting OldÂ Â Â
So opines Gail Perry at AccountingWeb:
Â I for one am getting pretty bored with the tax scams on this list – they hardly change at all from year to year. It’s time for some creative criminals out there to come up with something new.
From the comments section:
My brother ran a Schedule C Anvil Repair Shop from his garage in order to claim home office deduction, depreciation, etc. He told me the freight bills were a killer. đź™‚Posted byÂ John HiattÂ from Valley Forge, PA on Feb 16, 2012 – 4:55 pmÂ
Could it be that the criminals continue to be creative, but the IRS investigators and auditors are trained to look for the old scams so they are not discovering the new ones?Â The creativity of the self-interested criminal is generally far ahead of the salaried regulator. Look at Wall Street.Posted byÂ John Garrison, curmudgen, CPAÂ from undisclosed location on Feb 16, 2012 – 4:35 pm
Read the full list of top 12 scams here, which including Identity Theft, Phishing, Return Preparer Fraud, False/Inflated Income and Expenses, Offshore Accounts, Frivolous Arguments, Falsely Claiming Zero Wages, Misuses of Trusts, Disguised Corporate Ownership, Falsely Claiming Zero Wages, and more.
Which is your favorite scam? Â Tell us now, and we’ll be sure to pass it on to the IRS by April 15th.