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Preventing Tax Scams Towards the End of Tax Season

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It's tax season and that means it's tax scam season. A couple of scams are prevalent right now.

One involves someone using your identity to file your return and collect the refund. Another involves someone calling, saying they are from the IRS and demanding payment. Tax professionals remind you the IRS will never call you unless you are already working with them on an audit.

"They're being pretty adamant about people owing money, threatening to throw you in jail, threatening to take your kids away, take your bank accounts. If you get that kind of phone call you ignore it, you hang up on it," said Gerri Harrison, President of Ever Evolving Enterprises.

Sometimes the IRS send what it calls a 5071c letter to a taxpayer to verify identity. It sends the taxpayer to a website to answer a series of questions only they can answer. For more on that and other tax topics you can go to irs.gov.