Tax Day 2016: AG Morrisey offers some last minute filing tips

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Oh, how the time has flown!

Monday, April 18th is the final day to file income taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. All returns must be completed (or postmarked) by midnight.

But as you rush to finish your forms, it’s important to avoid any mistakes. Here are some tips for last-minute filing from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey:

  • File electronically. It’s time efficient, safer and ensures a faster tax refund.
  • Double check your information.
  • If you decide to mail your tax return, double check the mailing address at IRS.gov.
  • Make sure to validate the legitimacy of any tax preparer or tax filing service you use.
  • Shred any discarded documents that contains personal information. Doing so makes it harder for thieves to steal information.
  • Be aware of scammers who claim to be IRS representatives as they request personal information. Scammers often make these requests with threat of arrest or lawsuit, but consumers should not comply.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a tax-related scam, don’t hesitate to call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-368-8808. You can also find out more information at www.irs.gov/identitytheft or www.ftc.gov/identitytheft.

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