BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Tax season is here and experts are warning of an increase in scams targeting taxpayers.
Experts said common schemes this tax season will be texts, email and phone scams. Officials with the Alabama Better Business Bureau said there are ways to make sure you don’t fall for them.
“I mean you pay them to file your taxes and they steal your identity,” Garet Smitherman with the BBB said. “This time of year, we just want to remind people to protect your personally identifiable information. Your name, social, date of birth, these are the things that nowadays, a lot of trouble can come your way.”
Smitherman said identity theft and refund theft are some of the most common schemes this time of year.
“Refunds being funneled into the company’s account instead of into the customers account,” Smitherman said.
He said if you’re hiring someone to do your taxes for you, always try local or double check their track record.