Beware of scammers this upcoming tax season
However, in a new warning from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis, filers must be vigilant this year and on the lookout for scammers.
Updated: 9:17 AM EST Jan 31, 2024
Tax season is officially here for most Americans. From now until April 15th, it’s time to gather the documents and file returns. However, in a new warning from Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis, filers must be vigilant this year and on the lookout for scammers. “Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to try and separate you from your hard-earned money or personal financial information. Unfortunately, the tax paying season is the perfect opportunity to try to scam someone by posing as the IRS or offering fake tax preparation services,” said Patronis. According to the Better Business Bureau, one of the most common scams is bad guys posing as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to trick people into paying or sharing personal information.To avoid finding yourself a victim of a scam, Patronis’ office is offering six tips: The best way to avoid tax identity theft is to file your taxes as early as possible. File before a scammer has the chance to use your information to file a fake return.In the U.S., jot down your Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS before you file your return. This is a six-digit number that…