Tax season scams you can avoid

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- You may not have even received your W-2 forms in the mail yet, but scammers are in full force to take our hard earned money this tax season.

"They are definitely here," says Robert Vincent, President and CEO of the Vincent Group in Smiths Grove. "We have clients call us pretty regularly, especially about the phone call scam."

Phone scams usually come in the form of someone pretending to be with the IRS, asking for immediate payment to be made. This is perhaps the easiest scam to avoid, because the IRS will never contact you by phone call.

Even if you successfully avoid the phone scams, that doesn't mean you're in the clear. In the recent past, people received emails that looked eerily similar to an actual Turbotax website, but it turned out to be fake.

"You're better off having a face-to-face interview with a tax professional," cautions Mike Buser with Professional Tax Service in Bowling Green.

If you're still not convinced you could fall victim to a tax season scam, Vincent tells 13 News there is a group he likes to call the 'fly by night people' who are just looking to make a quick buck on your tax return, but aren't necessarily qualified to do the job.

"We have seen in the past several of those fly by night places pop up in Bowling Green. They'll be there for the 90 day period of tax season, and then they're gone and you can't find them, so it does happen here."

If at any point you suspect a tax service or tax notification might be part of a scam, you're urged to contact your local law enforcement agency.

The Better Business Bureau says consumers reported a collective loss of more than $1 million in 2016 due to tax collector scams.

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