Tax Tip 2023-39: Attempting this W-2 scam can lead to penalties for taxpayers
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Issue Number: Tax Tip 2023-39
Attempting this W-2 scam can lead to penalties for taxpayers
A new scam circulating on social media urges people to use wage information on a tax return to claim false credits in hopes of getting a big refund.
How the W-2 scam works
There are two other variations of this scheme going around. Both involve misusing Form W-2 wage information in hopes of generating a larger refund:
The IRS verifies W-2s and is watching for these scams
People who try this scam face a wide range of penalties, including a frivolous return penalty of $5,000. They also run the risk of criminal prosecution for filing a false tax return.
For anyone who has taken part in one of these schemes, there are several options that the IRS recommends. People can amend a previous tax return or consult with a trusted tax professional.
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