Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Tax Scammers

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In two short weeks, all your tax documents need to be postmarked and sent off to the IRS.

But it’s all a bit too overwhelming for Kara Albu, so she came to the tax professionals at Jackson-Hewitt.

"Instead of going online because I'm not, I didn't know that much about it to do it myself," Albu said.

But being naïve to the game can make April 15 a day that’s even worse than it already is.

So, the IRS warns taxpayers to be aware of claims that sound too good to be true so that you don’t fall victim to scammers who are after your refund check.

"Have the unpleasantry of having their identity stolen and the IRS has to issue them a PIN, so that when they do file there's a certain PIN number that they use so they know that it is truly the person that is filing," tax professional Susan Nichols said.

But the criminal activity doesn’t stop with identity theft.

Be on the lookout for people wanting to cash in on your hard work by offering to file your tax return for you, then making off with your check.

So, make sure you hire a professional who has a preparer tax identification number to file your taxes.

"Make sure that you fill out everything accurately and in the space it's supposed to be in -- that's one of the first things the IRS looks for is to make sure that you're putting everything on the line that it belongs in, and if not then that usually sends a red flag up,” Nichols said.

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