Tax-payers need to be aware of scams that would cost them thousands of dollars.
With a little over two weeks left to file your taxes, tax-payers need to be aware of scams that would cost them thousands of dollars.
Peggy Riley with the IRS said many people fall for phishing, an e-mail asking you to click on a website looking like the IRS website but is not.
"It's asking for personal information usually, such as account numbers or pin numbers, social security numbers, things that the IRS just wouldn't be asking for. The IRS usually does not correspond with tax payers by e-mail and we would never send an unsolicited e-mail asking for things like that," Riley said.
If you receive a phishing e-mail, do not click any links on it and forward it to PHISHING@IRS.GOV so they can shut down the site.
Another scam tax payers could fall for is return preparer fraud. Riley said it is important to pick a tax preparer who you trust.
"You have to be very careful when picking a return preparer. You are giving them all of your personal information and you want to make sure they are going to do right by you. You have to remember that you have someone prepare the return, once you sign it you're saying that you believe everything is legitimately true on there and you are ultimately responsible for what's on the form ," Riley said.
She said to talk to your friends and neighbors about who they use to find a credible preparer.
"There are some preparers out there who are abusive and will try to take deductions and credits you are not entitled to. And ultimately, if we find out you are not entitled to it, then you would be the one that is paying penalties or interest on any tax that may be due," Riley said.
Riley said tax payers should always look at what they are signing first and never sign a blank return form.