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 are perpetrated 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 the top 12 tax tricks of 2015 so you won't become another tax scam victim. The annual list starts with some of the more obscure cons and ends with those that ensnare the most tax victims. When the IRS releases its new list, Bankrate will be all over it.