SLIDESHOW: Watch Out for These 6 Tax Season Scams

AS THE APRIL filing deadline approaches, scammers are increasingly on the hunt for your personal information. Here are six of the most common scams to watch out for, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Don’t make yourself an easy target. Avoid leaving important paperwork and W-2s in unsecured places, such as offices, common living areas, vehicles and unlocked mailboxes. And use enhanced logon methods, such as biometrics and CyberCode Tokens to prevent hackers from obtaining important tax information.

  • Phishing: Con artists use unsolicited email and fake websites to lure potential victims into divulging personal information. Be leery of unexpected emails from the IRS promising refunds or threatening to collect — the IRS does not contact taxpayers via email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Report suspicious activity to
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The contents of this document are not intended to be, and are not, legal or tax advice. The applicable tax law is complex, the penalties for non-compliance are severe, and the applicable tax law of your state may differ from federal tax law.  Therefore, you should consult your tax and legal advisers regarding your specific situation.

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