With taxes due today (Monday), the IRS has some warnings for you that can be summed up in a few words: Beware tax scams.
Plenty of con artists and cheats are champing at the bit to "help" anyone who wants to pay as little as possible.
So if you're one of the more than 200 million Americans who will file taxes this year, make sure you have a trusted accountant or other reliable person who can help you comply with tax IRS rules.
"This tax season, the IRS has stepped up its efforts to protect taxpayers from a wide range of schemes, including moving aggressively to combat identity theft and refund fraud," IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said. "The Dirty Dozen list shows that scams come in many forms during filing season. Don't let a scam artist steal from you or talk you into doing something you will regret later."
So if you haven't already filed your taxes, do so before it's too late - and don't fall for these scams.