Be aware of tax scammers as you file on Tax Day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An important reminder now, taxes are due Wednesday, July 15. It was postponed from April, because of the pandemic.

Those who haven’t already paid must file or apply for an extension by the deadline, or face a penalty. The IRS says people should file, even if they can’t pay right now.

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Taxpayers need to remember they need to pay back any owed taxes today as well.
We also want to remind taxpayers to be aware of scammers throughout the process.

Heather Clary, Director of Communication for the Better Business Bureau says, “Technology has become more and more available over the years people have become more and more susceptible to tax scams for the longest time and they still may receive some of these calls. They were IRS impersonation calls trying to frighten people into thinking they had not paid their taxes. Those were constant around the United States, they tricked them into calling and paying with gift cards and other methods when it wasn’t the IRS at all.”

The Better Business Bureau says there are impersonation scams, as well as identity theft and email phishing scams.

To avoid these, Clary recommends to try to file your taxes as early as possible, if you are worried about time request an extension so you don’t feel rushed, watch out for red flags such as a duplicate return, or that you owe additional tax, always protect your social security number and research your tax preparer before handing over your personal information.

If you are a victim of ID theft or a scam, contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490 and file a complaint with the FTC.