WV Attorney General warns of tax scams ahead of filing deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to be on the lookout for tax scams or tactics that could jeopardize personal information ahead of the filing deadline.

In a press release from Morrisey's office, the attorney general says consumers who are in a rush may easily "let information slip through the cracks" and into the hands of "those with ill intent."

To ensure you're using a legitimate tax preparer, you can ask for the Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and check the U.S. Internal Revenue Service list found at https://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf.

The press release also states consumers should double check their information and shred any discarded documents that contain personal information.

Consumers who believe they may be the victim of tax-related identity theft should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

The deadline to file is Tuesday, April 17.



 
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