The tax deadline might be different — it’s April 18 this year — but the dangers to the millions of last-minute tax filers remain the same.
If you’ve waited until the last week or two to file, you’re in the cross-hairs of scam artists and marketers intent on separating you from your money. As if the tax part wasn’t bad enough.
Watch out for lookalike sites such as IRS.com (don’t confuse it with IRS.gov) that are designed to get you to pay for tax services, some of which would be free through the government site.
Avoid the temptation of the refund anticipation loan and the steep interest rate and fees you could pay to get your refund just a week or two early.
And beware the scams including emails pretending to be from the IRS seeking personal information. The IRS will never email you about a tax problem or request personal information from you by email.
The IRS also issued a warning to avoid the temptation of pitches to hide income offshore or alter your tax status. You can read more about the IRS’ warning in its annual “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.”
Read more about being cautious around tax time in today’s Boston Globe.