Tax scams run rampant in the first few months of every year. Dishonest people trying to get your tax refund money or your personal information are lurking at the other end of your phone line, just beyond your computer keyboard and sometimes, even right next to you.
So, how do you file your taxes and not end up in trouble with the IRS or lose everything you have? There are some basic safety rules you should always follow. Beyond that, learn to trust your intuition.
Whether you are doing your own taxes or hiring a professional tax preparer to help, there are many ways you can safeguard yourself so that your personal information doesn't fall into the wrong hands and also so that you don't end up in serious legal trouble.
It's important to familiarize yourself with internet security, common tax scams and identity theft–plus have a basic understanding of how filing your taxes works. In addition, remember that anything that sounds too good to be true always is and anything that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way is an internal warning sign you need to listen to.
In this article, we'll take a look at some specific ways you can protect yourself from tax scams and ID theft. Click through the list to get started.
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