Filing your taxes? 3 easy tips to avoid scams

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 21:50:29-05

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it does.

Tax season is here.

Scammers know it and more of you are getting hit by those fake IRS calls and emails than I've ever seen before.
In the past week, we've gotten dozens of email and calls from people who are angry, annoyed and want to know how to stop them.

But how do we stop them?

According to the IRS since October 2013, scammers have made $23 million off this scheme, so don't count on the calls stopping.

But you can make sure you aren't their next victim.

-The IRS will never call demanding immediate payment. They send you a bill in the mail first.  Even then, you have the right to question and appeal the amount you owe.

-The IRS does not force you to pay with a prepaid debit card or through a wire.

-And they never threaten to send police to take to jail if you don't pay them.

If you have a landline, use caller id and let all calls go to voicemail, then you'll never talk to these clowns.

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