Consumer Watch: Tax season scams

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 3:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The 2014 tax season is off and running. As of February 7, the IRS says it received 27.3 million returns, which is 2.4% more than at the same point last year.

Refunds are up too:19.5 million of those early returns are seeing money back at an average of just over $3,300.

If you haven't finished your tax return or you haven't started, choose a tax preparer wisely. Avoid those who claim they can get you a larger refund than another preparer or who base their fee upon how big the refund is.

The IRS says identity theft is an important issue they're battling as scammers find new ways to swipe data and file fraudulent returns. Vigilance shouldn't end once you've filed and even received your refund. Documents that contain you social security number or individual taxpayer identification number should stay secure.

If that information is on your home computer, change passwords regularly and update anti-virus software. Stolen information won't necessarily be used right away, so keep tabs on your credit report throughout the year.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

 

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