The tax deadline for Texas residents has been extended until June 15Th because of February’s winter storms. Many Texans are investigating options to file their taxes, either personally or by using a qualified tax preparer. The Better Business Bureau says, every year, tax-related scams significantly increase during tax season. Katie Galan with the BBB says, with an extended window, it gives scammers more time to take your money.

The IRS has issued several alerts on popular versions of tax scams, including educational scams, unemployment benefit scams, “ghost” tax preparer scams and Social Security suspension scams. To combat the negative impacts of falling victim to these scams, it is important to understand how targets are exposed to scammers, indications of a scam and resources available to resume control of your financial well-being.

The BBB has seen an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that targets educational institutions, including students and…

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