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Taxpayers should be on alert for identity thieves, e-mails falsely claiming to be from the IRS and shady tax preparers this year, the IRS warns.

These are a few of the tax scams that commonly pop up during tax season, as highlighted in the annual "dirty dozen" list the agency released Tuesday.

"Don't let a scam artist steal from you or talk you into doing something you will regret later," said IRS acting commissioner Steven Miller.

Here are 12 schemes to beware of:





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