Tips to avoid falling victim to tax scam

We are at the peak of tax filing season, so it's no surprise that scam calls are on the rise. 

Many of the scammers because of the time of year claim to be with the IRS. 

We're told the scammers tend to tell victims that they owe the government agency money.

Because local matters, we spoke to Thomas Hudson, a CPA from Twilley, Rommel and Stephens in Salisbury to give us tips, so you aren't duped into handing over some big bucks. 

They say the IRS will never demand immediate payment or even call about taxes owed without mailing you first.

They also won't ask for a credit card number over the phone or require you to use a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card.  

"It's normally during tax season when people are expecting their refund in the mail and it would be kind of more believable about an issue with their refund around the time they file their taxes," Hudson tells us. 

If you're expecting any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to make the information available to investigators. 

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