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The IRS Dirty Dozen

Each year, the IRS releases a list of the 12 most common scams that taxpayers may encounter during tax season. Here’s a run-down of the top scams of 2014 and how you can protect yourself.

1. Identity theft

How it works: Someone gets ahold of your personal information—such as your social security number—and commits fraud in your name. They may even file a tax return in your name to get a refund.

How you can protect yourself: Keep your info private by using encrypted passwords online and shredding personal paperwork when you no longer need it. If you think your identity has been stolen, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.

2. Telephone scams

How it works: Callers pretend to be from the IRS in order to steal money and personal information. They often say that you owe money and may be arrested if you don’t pay.

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