Tips to stay safe when filing your taxes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The tax deadline is one month from tomorrow, and so far, more Americans are e-filing their taxes on their own this year.

The latest report from the Internal Revenue Service shows close to 27.4 million people prepared their own taxes so far this tax season. That’s an almost 6% increase over last year.

Beside the slight decrease of Americans filing with a professional, traffic to IRS.gov is also down.

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, 22News is working for you with tips to protect your information throughout the process:

  • You really should file sooner rather than later; the longer you wait, the more time you allow your information to get into the wrong hands and be filed fraudulently.
  • Never respond to emails, phone calls, or texts from the Internal Revenue Service– even if it looks or sounds official. The IRS doesn’t communicate that way and so it could be thieves trying to steal your info.
  • When e-filing, use a secure website; one that has a URL beginning with https:// rather than http://
  • If you are going the tax preparer route, research the person or company and ask lots of questions.

When it comes to your return, the latest report shows the average is up a little more than 2% over last year; close to $3,000.

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