IRS warns of new filing season scams involving Form W-2 wages

Source: Issue Number: 2023-09

The IRS issued a consumer alert to warn taxpayers of new scams that urge people to use wage information on a tax return to claim false credits in hopes of getting a big refund. One scheme, which is circulating on social media, encourages people to use tax software to manually fill out Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and include false income information. Two variations of this scheme are also being seen by the IRS; both involve misusing Form W-2 wage information in hopes of generating a larger refund. The IRS reminds people who file fake returns face a wide range of penalties. For anyone who has participated in one of these schemes, they can amend a previous tax return or consult with a trusted tax professional. This news release is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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