Tax Day is Upon Us
By Scam Awareness |
April 8, 2016
It's the most wonderful time of the year - tax season! Okay, it may not be the most wonderful time of the year but the BBB and the Killeen Daily Herald have given us tips to avoid making tax season, scam season. Here are some of the best ways to stay safe!
- The IRS rarely calls tax payers - If you receive a call from an individual who claims to work for the IRS, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to check that the caller is a legitimate employee.
- Use a legitimate tax preparer - The BBB says, "Don't fall for the promise of a big refund. Be wary of any tax preparation service promising larger refunds than the competition. Avoid any tax preparer who bases their fee on a percentage of the refund."
- Avoid filing on publically available wifi networks - Make sure to use a secure internet connection if you're filing online.
- Shred all of unneeded documents - The IRS states that it is only necessary to have copies of your tax returns from the past three years.
- Remember, report scams to the BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org.