The ink hadn’t dried on the new economic stimulus bill before federal tax authorities began receiving complaints about vicious new tax rebate scams targeting taxpayers and their accountants.The new flurry of fraudulent activity is directed at taxpayers expecting to receive the rebates of up to $1,200 per couple that Congress voted to send out after the close of this year’s tax filing season.

But even before that legislation was signed by President Bush, the Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers and their accountants that “a scam using the proposed rebates as bait has already cropped up.”

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