Don't fall victim to tax scams. Remember that: 1. You are responsible and liable for your tax return. 2. Anyone who promises you a bigger...

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Don’t fall victim to tax scams.

Remember that:

1. You are responsible and liable for your tax return.

2. Anyone who promises you a bigger refund without knowing your tax situation could be misleading you.

3. Never sign a tax return before making sure it is accurate.

Beware of these schemes:

Return-preparer fraud: Dishonest preparers may skim part of their clients’ refunds or charge inflated fees. They often promise large refunds.

Choose a preparer carefully. No matter who does your return, you are responsible for its accuracy and for any tax bill that may arise because of a questionable claim.

Identity theft: Be choosy when disclosing personal information. Identity thieves have used stolen personal data to access financial accounts, run up charges on credit cards and apply for new loans.

The IRS is aware of scammers posing as the IRS itself. The IRS does not use e-mail to contact taxpayers about their accounts. If you doubt whether a contact is authentic, call 800-829-1040 to confirm it.

Frivolous arguments: Don’t believe claims that the 16th Amendment concerning congressional power to establish and collect income taxes was never ratified; that wages are not income; that filing a tax return and paying taxes are voluntary; and that being required to file Form 1040 violates your rights.

Such arguments are false and have been thrown out of court. For more information, visit the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov.

— Internal Revenue Service