Excerpt from: Don't Mess with Taxes (click for full article)
It's tax-filing season, so you know what that means. It's also peak tax scam season.In addition to collecting Americans' tax returns (and money) this time of year, the Internal Revenue Service also keeps an eye out for tax scams.
While con artists sometimes do get creative, most tax crooks tend to stick to tried-and-true scams. That's the case with IRS' annual list of tax skulduggery. All 12 scams cited this year made the agency's 2012 top 12 scam list.
The only change is that more fake charitable organizations have popped up, many in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
After that super storm came ashore last October in New Jersey and New York, con artists took advantage of folks' goodwill to cheat them out of what they thought were much-needed, and tax deductible, charitable gifts.
Those despicable acts moved tax-related charity scams from 10th on the 2012 list to sixth on the 2013 Dirty Dozen tax scams.