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IRS releases 'dirty dozen' list of tax scams

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual 2010 "dirty dozen" list of tax scams taxpayers should avoid.

The IRS pursues and shuts down many promoters of tax scams, but taxpayers pulled into these schemes usually must pay any taxes due, plus interest, along with penalties as high as $5,000 or more.

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"Anyone can be a target of any of these tax scams, so beware. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said IRS spokesperson Carrie Resch.

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