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Better Business Bureau warns of new twists on tax scams

Better Business Bureau Northwest warns consumers of new twists on tax scams, such as imposter scams, tax relief scams and ID theft. BBB reminds consumers to be wary of unsolicited phone calls, emails or letters purported to be from the IRS or any official-sounding government agency. They recommend the following precautions:
  • E-file only from secure computers. Make sure anti-virus software is up-to-date. Never use public Wi-Fi to file tax returns. 
  • Don’t file taxes from a link in an email.
  • Mail tax returns from the post office or a secure mailbox.
  • Shred old tax returns. Income tax returns and worksheets should be kept for seven years from the filing date.
  • Know your tax preparer. Find ones you can trust at bbb.org