Income tax season is in full swing, as are the annual tax scams, predatory lending practices and refund-draining products that go along with it. This year, the COVID pandemic has created even more schemes to watch out for. 

Struggling families may spend more than necessary to get their tax refund faster, and scammers are targeting pandemic assistance programs such as unemployment, stimulus payments, donations to charities or business loans. 

New Jersey and the Internal Revenue Service pushed back the state and federal income tax filing deadlines from April 15 to May 17, 2021, though New Jersey’s first quarter individual estimated tax payments are still due on April 15. But for New Jerseyans who are struggling financially, they may want to take action to get their refunds — and possibly stimulus checks — as soon as possible. 

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