Don't be a tax scam victim
Tax season is prime tax scam season. As the April filing deadline nears, criminals prey upon people's fears of making a tax return mistake or appeal to their desire to get a bigger refund.
Every year, the IRS issues its list of the dirty dozen worst tax scams. They range from improper application of real but arcane tax laws to downright false claims, along with perennial attempts to get individuals to provide personal information that can be used to steal identities.
The scams appear online, by email and in person. In some cases, taxpayers can't even trust their tax preparers.
Adding insult to injury, tax scam victims and perpetrators also could find themselves in real trouble with the IRS. After the tax con artist has compromised your personal data and taken some, if not all, of your tax refund, you could face significant penalties and interest for not filing a proper tax return or not paying what you legally owe.
Check out this year's top 12 tax tricks, so you won't become another tax scam victim. We count them down, ending up at the No. 1 dirtiest of the dozen.