Watch out for scammers as you prepare to pay taxes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Tax season is approaching, and many will be rushing to fill them out to get their refund, but the Better Business Bureau warns people to take some time and get prepared and watch out for scammers.

Whitney Quick, regional director of the better business bureau reminds consumers to gather everything they need. 

“While you may get a refund fast you could be missing some important deductions yourself, so you want to make sure that you have everything you need such as 1099,” said Quick.

Quick says that reading reviews of the business could be helpful, even if they aren’t the best.

“We’ve talked about this before, complaints are not necessarily a bad thing. A complaint is going to show you how the business will handle any issues that are brought up between the business and the consumer so that is good,” said Quick.

Quick also says that receiving wages from an employer you don’t know could mean you are a victim of tax fraud.

“So once your tax return is filed you want to pay attention to any mail that you received from the IRS but be very skeptical if you get any phone calls or emails because the IRS doesn’t initiate contact this way,” said Quick.

This information about how to prepare for tax season and how to stay alert about scams can be found at

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