Tax scams local IRS officials say you should know about

Con artists are also using tax-related identity theft, phishing scams, and return preparer fraud to get your information.

Phishing scams, usually though email and text, try to get people to click on a link that looks real or submit information to a realistic website. Return preparer fraud happens when a professional puts wrong or false information on your tax paperwork. Scammers will also pose as you to try to get your return sent somewhere else.

You can find a list of potential scams, and how to avoid them, on the IRS’s website.

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