IRS Releases First Part of ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams


June 1, 2022, 5:49 PM

The IRS cautions taxpayers to avoid common fraudulent schemes in its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of “potentially abusive” tax arrangements to be aware of.

The agency announced the first four entrants to the list Wednesday. They include claiming a deduction on captive insurance formed in agreement with a Puerto Rican or foreign corporation and use of a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust to eliminate taxable gain.

“Taxpayers should stop and think twice before including these questionable arrangements on their tax returns,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “Taxpayers are legally responsible for what’s on their return, not a promoter making promises and charging high fees. “

  • People who make these claims should file an amended return, the IRS said.
  • The agency launched the Office of Promoter Investigations in 2021 to monitor and address such activities.

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