BBB column: Be on the lookout for tax scammers this season | Business

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Tax season is right around the corner. The IRS will begin accepting and processing those returns beginning Monday, Jan. 24, and this year’s deadline to file and pay owed taxes is Monday, April 18. And as consumers lose millions of dollars to tax scams every year, BBB reminds consumers to be on the lookout for emails, text messages, and phone calls from those posing as IRS agents.

“Filing your taxes early not only increases your chances of getting your refund sooner,” Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas said. “It also lowers your chances of a scammer filing a fraudulent return and stealing your refund.”

BBB provides the following tips on safely filing your taxes this year:

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