Tax Tips: Beware of Tax Scams this filing season

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(New York, NY) -- Tax season often prompts apprehension, but something else stressing out millions of Americans is the presence of tax scams.

Among the most common scams are robocalls claiming to be the IRS requesting personal information, calls or texts offering to collect or accelerate your tax refund, or those who say they will do your tax prep for free.

Mark Steber, Chief Tax Information Officer at Jackson Hewitt says as a general rule if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't, and he adds the best way to stay safe is to arm yourself with knowledge by checking out resource pages like

He also noted the IRS will not initiate contact via phone, adding that if you have concerns about a suspicious offer you can always just ask a tax pro who can usually identify scams quickly.