As tax filing day approaches, so do scams

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Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund.

Last month, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro warned residents against scammers who pose as IRS agents looking to collect debts, but now officials are reminding residents that scammers all attempt to file taxes and collect refunds. However, Emancipation Day - a legal holiday in Washington, D.C. - will be observed on Monday, April 16, pushing the deadline to Tuesday, April 17.

Under the tax law, D.C. holidays affect filing dates across the nation.

Those wanting to file an old tax return can find the appropriate forms on the IRS documents page. This was the second year in a row this number fell, dropping from 677,000 victim reports in 2015.

On its website, the FTC states that tax identity theft accounted for about 20 percent of all identity theft complaints in 2017.

Educate yourself about scams which seek personal information.

In a different scam, criminals are using imposter tax preparation sites and phone numbers to steal peoples' personal information.

In response, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has issued this warning to residents with this advice: Just hang up.

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A report being released by WalletHub Tuesday shows IL residents pay the highest overall effective state and local tax rate in the country.

As of March 2, the average refund paid out so far was $3,046, according to IRS data. "Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes".

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, take note: The agency will never initiate a phone call to a taxpayer, unless they're returning your call.

The survey found that the overall state and local tax rate takes 14.89-percent of the income of an IL resident who has the median USA household income or $8,299 a year. These aren't necessarily critical areas, but can save taxpayers money if they know certain tips and tricks. "But during the call, the scam artist who's representing the IRS, misdirects the consumer to returning the money to the actual scam artist instead of the legitimate IRS".

A list of income exempt from Alabama income taxation, including federal Social Security benefits and state employee retirement benefits, can be found online at

While there are multiple types of plans, the Simplified Employee Pension is one to consider, he said.

"You can establish a SEP for 2017 in 2018, as long as you do it before your 2017 filing return deadline", Machen said.

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